Resident Assistants (RA’s) are student leaders here at The Master’s College. Each RA gives peer oversight to a wing of 20-30 students. It’s a position that I don’t take lightly. I’ve experienced and seen the impact that an RA can have on someone’s spiritual life, and these are the students that I work most closely with. I love them and respect them.
We’re currently in the process of interviewing RA applicants for the 2007-2008 school year. Five of us sit in a room with one applicant and basically ask tough personal and ministerial questions for an hour. It can be an intimidating but very beneficial experience for those applying. I’m always challenged by some of the questions that are asked, too, even though I’m one of the ones asking. A good, penetrating, humbling, sanctifying question is hard to stop thinking about.
Here are a few questions that were asked over the past few days. I share them because perhaps one or two may be worth thinking about extensively. At least it’s profitable to consider the benefits of sitting down with friends and leaders and allowing them to delve into your life and ask you the hard questions that will challenge your thinking and expose your weaknesses and encourage your strengths and cause you to press on to know the Lord. It’s easy to remain spiritually stagnant, with the dark recesses of your heart and life unexposed to the community of believers that ought to be such a source of encouragement and exhortation in your life. Never underestimate the power of a good question.
- Are you hard to lead?
- What are some things that you know well but you’re not putting into practice?
- Tell me why I should follow Christ.
- How do you fight against apathy when you’re consistently in a Christian environment?
- Are there any fractured relationships in your life right now?
- What makes you laugh?
- How do the people around you know that you love them?
- How do you think the Lord has humbled you the most over the past year?
- How would you minister to people who are spiritually comfortable and who don’t care about things of the Lord?
- What have you risked for Christ?