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Submit Pastor Questions

Has your congregation ever been asked to submit anonymous questions (regarding the bible, church matters etc. so that, at a future meeting, the pastor and elders could give their answers from their wisdom and knowledge? If so, how did it turn out and if not, would you appreciate such a meeting?

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//No-one's questions should ever be thought of as naive.//

I agree...I was probably projecting. I can't imagine not answering a helpful question. I can see a pastor/elders being intimidated by questions.
---Rod4Him on 5/17/15


Rod4Him, the actual question was quite naive really but, as I said, we had some very new people in the church for whom that question (and an appropriate answer) would have been helpful. No-one's questions should ever be thought of as naive. We are all at different stages in our walk with God and with good nurturing in our churches the young and the new will grow at their own pace.

Ridiculing could be the cause of a new member deciding not to bother attending again.
---Rita_H on 5/16/15


// It went very well and most were happy except one person whose answer was ridiculed by an elder,.."

I would guess that it was a good question that the elders couldn't answer.
---Rod4Him on 5/16/15


One church which I attended for about 8 years tried it just once. Almost everyone turned up and a number of our questions had been selected to be answered that evening. It went very well and most were happy except one person whose answer was ridiculed by an elder who said "Anyone who knew anything about the bible would not have asked such a naive question." Many felt that it would have been better for that person's question to not have been selected for answering or it should have been answered without that insulting introduction. We had some very new Christians in the church at that time so it was a sensible question if asked by a new Christian. It was sad that someone chose to handle it that way.
---Rita_H on 5/15/15


My previous church has. It worked well.
The questions displayed on a screen during the preaching section.
The pastor would give a 5 minute or so talk.
---Scott1 on 5/15/15

Liked this idea. Rita and Scott.
Few are the pastors that can answer a scriptural question though...especially in 5 minutes.
Preachers generally have no answers in life or scripture these days but, then this questioning would put an onus on them to study to be ready to answer. They might have to ask our "lord".
Discussion is good among Christians.
Teaching is good among Christians.
Preaching to members in a Church who are not sick or lost Sheep is pointless.
The work is in the fields, and roads, few preachers go there.
---Trav on 5/15/15




Cliff, your comment does not even attempt to answer the question I posed.
---Rita_H on 5/15/15


My previous church has. It worked well. We usually use it during a relationship series. You would text the questions before or during the worship section of the service into queve then a person would collect them. The questions then could be displayed on a screen during the preaching section. The pastor would give a 5 minute or so talk about that subject.
---Scott1 on 5/15/15


Good point cliff.

We are all supposed to be reaching others for Jesus.
---Samuelbb7 on 5/15/15


Rita, Every Christian should "evangelize" not just some self appointed "pastor" Jesus never segregated laymen and pastors, "Go therefore and make disciples" was not just to certain "gifted" ones !
---1st_cliff on 5/14/15


Never occurred to me.
---learner2 on 5/14/15




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