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A Guide to Candidating

I cannot recall, in any of my reading, a single instance of a prophet who applied for the job.
A. W. Tozer
Some practical hints can make finding a church easier. Douglas Scott, rector of Saint Martin's Episcopal Church, Radnor, Pennsylvania, has worked out a valuable process for candidating, a process born after several bouts at the only slightly sanctified negotiating table. "Being in a highly structured church," he says, "I had a lot of help the first time out. I was going to be a shared person between my bishop's staff and a congregation in the Philadelphia area. I got a call one day from someone in the bishop's office saying, 'We're going to get together with you, the bishop, and the rector from the church and hammer out a good working agreement.' "I went determined to be as tough as George Meany—and ended up saying about two words the whole session. I sat in the corner while my future was thrown onto the table and apportioned between two parties. I felt like a pawn. I never got a ...
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