Questions to Consider If a Staff Member Becomes a Candidate for Pastor


Podcast Episode #580

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Thom and Sam discuss the possible scenarios in which a staff member can transition into a lead pastor role. The discussion considers several perspectives including the internal candidate, external candidate, and potential impact on the church.

The six questions from today’s podcast:

  1. Will the staff member have a highly visible role in the interim?
  2. Should staff members resign if they don’t become the pastor?
  3. Does such a move allow for a better transition?
  4. Is a known better than an unknown?
  5. Are alliances formed with the possibility of disappointment?
  6. Do you communicate the possibility to other candidates?

Other highlights:

  • Be very cautious in a season of change. It’s hard to keep being an internal candidate a secret.
  • In most scenarios the internal candidate will have to resign, so be prepared to resign.
  • If you have an internal candidate then alliances will be formed.
  • Talk and pray with your spouse because change is going to happen.
  • Do not side step the search process as an internal candidate.
  • An external candidate should be made aware of an internal candidate.


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