To give members of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church of Southfield, Michigan an opportunity to have a voice in the leadership characteristics of our next Pastor, the Pastoral Screening Committee conducted a survey. The survey was available through a link on the New Hope church website from April 25, 2021 to May 9, 2021. All feedback was anonymous. The results of the survey are included in this Pastoral Screening Committee newsletter. A Total of 259 responses were received. The demographics of survey participants (age and tenure) are: 95% aged 60 or older and 74.6% of participants have been members of New Hope for 10+ years. Less than 2% of survey participants were under 17 or in the 18-24 year age range. The areas surveyed included, the preferred Pastor’s age range, marital status, gender, education, sermon style, preaching style, leadership style, and initial ministry focus. There were also two open-ended questions concerning additional thoughts about the Pastor. The results of these two questions are shown in word clouds.

1 It is true that anyone who desires to be a church official wants to be something worthwhile. 2 That’s why officials must have a good reputation and be faithful in marriage. They must be self-controlled, sensible, well-behaved, friendly to strangers, and able to teach. 3 They must not be heavy drinkers or troublemakers. Instead, they must be kind and gentle and not love money. 4 Church officials must be in control of their own families, and they must see that their children are obedient and always respectful. 5 If they don’t know how to control their own families, how can they look after God’s people? 6 They must not be new followers of the Lord. If they are, they might become proud and be doomed along with the devil. 7 Finally, they must be well-respected by people who are not followers. Then they won’t be trapped and disgraced by the devil. (1 Timothy 3:1-7 CEV)

According to the church survey responses, the ideal Pastor will clearly love God and people, be approachable and friendly, have an open door policy; and be an active leader with a good reputation both in the church and in the community.