“What are 3 of your strengths?” followed by,
“What are 3 of your weaknesses?”.
I’m always surprised when the people I am interviewing have to really think about their answers as I consider these to be standard interview questions and so would expect people to come prepared with answers. It makes me feel that they have not done their preparation and therefore if they haven’t prepared for this what else haven’t they prepared for and how serious are they about the job?
One of the objectives of the Pastoral Search Committee is to do the ground work in preparing what we are looking for in a Pastor, hence the recent survey that many of you completed. As part of the review of the answers Lily did her magic with the computer and came up with a “Word Cloud”. You can see this on the right (click to enlarge). There are some great words coming out of this, one’s which show who we are as Northern Lights MCC, as well as what we want to see in our Pastor.
At the same time we need to be preparing ourselves for what a new Pastor may come in and do. We need to be answering the question “What are our Strengths and what are our weaknesses?” Or maybe we want to answer the question “How would our friends describe us?”
Without blowing our own trumpet we are indeed “Fabulous and Beautiful” and we certainly know how to eat well, we enjoy being together both in worship and socially but what else are we good at? What are we not so good at, where are we currently struggling, what do we need some help with? There is nothing to be ashamed of in our weakness because as we are told in 2 Corinthians “My [God’s] grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
As come to Easter Sunday and remember how we have been given new life via the death and resurrection of Jesus let’s celebrate how Northern Lights MCC can be given new life and see our weaknesses turned into strengths.