Podcast Episode #297
Unanimous votes are rare when pastors are hired. But what if the vote isn’t even close to unanimous? Well, on today’s podcast we discuss a recent post on how to respond when that happens.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Cases can be made both for and against secret ballot votes to call pastors and staff.
- A pastoral candidate’s age difference from the congregation average can lead to a less positive vote.
- It can be difficult for a new pastor to follow a long-term pastor.
- “If you’re a well-loved, long-term pastor, work on succession planning.”
- Lack of familiarity with a staff position can cause a vote to be lower than normal.
- Sometimes, low votes to bring on a staff member is more about a faction in the church than the candidate.
The seven questions to ask are:
- Was the vote secret ballot or open vote?
- What is the history of the church in voting to call pastors and staff?
- Are you replacing a well-loved pastor or staff member?
- Is the position new to many people?
- How long has the position been vacant?
- Are there factions and conflict in the church?
- Were there internal candidates who did not get the position?
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