The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


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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