Dear Pastor: Would I Fit in and Be Welcomed at Your Church?
My job is relocating me to your city, and I am wondering if I would be welcomed in your church.
To help me find a church that would be a good match for my family, please answer the following questions and return to me as soon as possible. This will help me decide where my family and I will worship in our new location.
Are you ANOINTED to be the pastor of the church?
Do you and your congregation BELIEVE in the BIBLE and everything it says?
Is your CHURCH one without a spot or wrinkle? Or is Ichabod written on the door?
Do you have the gift of DISCERNMENT to know when my family and I are hurting?
Do you teach ETERNAL LIFE for God's people?
Do you FEAR the Lord? Here FEAR means reveling the Lord instead of being afraid of Him.
Is GOD the center of your preaching and teaching? Does GOD show up in every area of your church; especially in your church meetings?
Do you rely on the HOLY SPIRIT to lead and guide you to be an effective pastor to the people?
Do you worship IDOLS?
Is the JESUS you preach about on Sunday your Lord and Savior the rest of the week?
Do you believe people care how much you KNOW more than they KNOW how much you care?
Do you LOVE the Lord with all your heart, body, mind and soul and others as you LOVE yourself?
Do you MODEL Jesus?
Do you teach everyone to love their NEIGHBOR as themselves?
Do you believe OBEDIENCE is better than sacrifice?
Do you PRAY without ceasing? Is a PRAISE always on your lips?
Do you spend QUALITY and QUIET time with God?
Are you in RIGHT standing with God?
Are you SAVED or do you just pretend to be?
Do you TEACH the unadulterated word of God?
What is UNIQUE about your church?
Do you consider your church to be VICTORIOUS?
What is the extent of your WORSHIP? Is it limited to just on Sundays?
Do you have the spirit of XERXES? So that you don't have to research his name, he was the King of Persia in the book of Esther.
Are you YEARNING for the return of Jesus?
Is there ZEAL in your heart for God?
Reason For This Letter
Pastor, while you might think this is an unusual letter, I believe it will save me a tremendous amount of time. I do not want to take my family to a church where "No" is the answer to most of the above questions.
Please respond to the above questions as soon as possible so I can make a decision about the church you lead. I have sent the same letter to over 173 pastors in your area. I haven't heard from half of them even though the letter was sent over three months ago. Pastors who responded were not able to say "Yes" to many of my questions.
One pastor sent his questionnaire back without answering any of the questions. He did have this response: "No church is perfect. If our church was perfect, it wouldn't be after you and your family arrive!"
Instead of one pastor answering my questions, he reworded them and sent them back to me to answer about myself.
Hoping to hear from you soon!
A Servant of the Lord