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Cash for call committees

An American Baptist group, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Missouri, offered to pay interview, travel and other expenses of congregational search committees that "include a woman candidate in the process [of seeking a senior pastor] ... treating her as a top candidate."

The fellowship's associate coordinator, Jeff Langford, said it could help reluctant congregations to consider a female pastor and "discover a remarkable candidate along the way that changes their perspective."

Kathy Pickett, the fellowship's moderator-elect, warned that congregations need to be honest about their intentions to avoid "hurt or damage" if they don't see someone as a viable candidate.


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