I am interviewing the pastors of my church Tuesday afternoon. Here are some of the possible questions I'll be asking them:
What do you think the Church's response should be to environmental problems?
Is overconsumption a "real" problem in the spiritual life of a Christian? If so, how can we deal with it in the Church?
Why do some Christians not use their gifts to serve inside or outside the Church?
How do we set Christians free in the church and the world to do what God has called them to do? Or how do we help them understand that they are set free to minister in the world?
What does it mean to keep the Sabbath? (in other words, what can we do and what should we avoid? Does keeping the Sabbath mean that we spend all day either in church/worship, or can we do anything that help us relax and rest?)
What happens during a spiritually fallow time (vs. a spiritually productive time)? Would this fallow time be comparable to a Sabbath, or is it something different?
How do we maintain a balance between giving and accumulating (things/money)? What level of giving or sacrifice is a burden to people?
Do you think we must live in affluence to evangelize the wealthy?
Is it necessary to spend millions of dollars on church buildings when there are so many people in the world who have virtually nothing? Instead of building buildings, could the church use tithes and gifts to take care of more poor people, much like the ancient Israelites and the first Christians did?
Sometime next week, I'll probably post their responses. It should be interesting - I've known two of these pastors since I was seventeen, and one of those two I met at summer camp. So I'm pretty excited to talk to them.