Should Pastoral Candidates’ Identities Be Kept Confidential until They Are Formally Presented to the Church? Point/Counterpoint

Episode #613
February 7, 2020
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We think this episode is unique because of its specificity. Over the course of today’s episode of Rainer on Leadership, Thom and Sam debate the pros and cons of keeping pastoral candidates’ identities confidential until being formally presented. 


  1. No. The congregation can’t make an informed decision if they are told at the last minute.
  2. Yes. The current church of the pastoral candidate will be stressed and in limbo until a decision is made.
  3. No. If the call is meant to be, God will protect the candidate and the candidate’s church.
  4. Yes. If the call of the pastor fails, the pastor may effectively have no church.

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