You, the pastoral candidate, are sitting in a room with a committee of anywhere from 6 to 20 people. They have spent the evening tossing questions, real and theoretical, at you. You are drained and everyone is ready for the evening to end. But not yet. Now, if everyone has been sitting for an hour or more, you might want to suggest a stand-up break before you start. That signals them that this is important too, just as critical as what went before, and that they should not be expecting to ahem get out early.
Candidating Forms and Guidance Documents
Selecting a Pastor: Appointment or Candidating? • Village Missions
This spring I visited a seminary, and while there visited with a former Village Missionary who attends this seminary. Seriously, I thought of a few possible objections. Raising support first came to my mind. Then, I thought that some would object to going to rural churches.
The cost of candidating
The scenario is common. A church has contacted you. You have prayed about it.
Pursuing a call to ordained ministry is sacrificial and costly. It will make significant demands on you and those close to you. You will need to consider how this could impact on your income and your free time. You will also need to think about what you are already doing in the church and whether you can continue to do those things whilst candidating.