Churches could get cash for bringing in women candidates for senior pastor under a plan by a group of Missouri churches that has cut or loosened ties with the Southern Baptist Convention.
The plan by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Missouri offers to pay costs for such things as travel and interviewing by a female candidate — even if they’re not really top candidates.
The aim is to drum up interest in hiring women as pastor, reflecting concern that even though many churches in the Missouri and national CBF still have men in the top post, even though the fellowship was formed 20 years ago in part due to splits among Southern Baptists on the very issue of whether women should be pastors.
The aim is to encourage search committees to “include a woman candidate in the process – treating her as a top candidate even if she isn’t actually one of the top candidates,” said Associate Coordinator Jeff Langford of the Missouri group.
“Even if the church isn’t ready, the search committee may discover a remarkable candidate along the way that changes their perspective, either for the current search or for a future one,” he said.
via Cash for interviewing women pastor candidates? | Faith & Works
Seems like a bit of an ‘affirmative action’ plan for women pastors.
Should we incentivize interviewing people who are really ‘not top candidates’ just because of their gender?
I wonder if this is possibly an intended slap in the face to the SBC (who the Cooperative Baptists broke away from)?
Would you take a cash incentive from ANYONE to interview someone to pastor your church?
I’d love to hear your comments.