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9Marks Explained : A Letter From Mark Dever

What questions should be asked in a membership interview?

In addition to basic life details (marriage, job, etc), elders or pastors should ask prospective members:

  • To explain how one became a Christian.
  • To briefly explain the gospel.
  • To describe what their life has been like since becoming a Christian, including any details of pastoral significance (e.g. divorce, addictions, church discipline, and so on).
  • To describe how one was baptized (if the individual is transferring from another church).
  • To speak briefly about how one has experienced the church so far.