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- Author: Horace Worth
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Worth, Horace - Art of Candidating
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pastor, preacher, pulpit
copyrighted in 1907, some material may be somewhat dated; but still, food for thought.
From the Table of Contents....
02 Pastoral Changes
03 The School of Candidating
04 Resigning a Pastorate
05 Qualities of a Good Candidate
06 Gaming Information Concerning Vacant Pastorates
07 Securing a Consideration and a Hearing
08 The Persons whose Recommendation will have Influence
09 The Candidate's General Attitude
10 Candidating Sermons: General Preparation
11 Particular Characteristics of Candidatmg Sermons
12 The Evening Service, Pastoral Prayer, and Scripture Lesson
THE desire for a change of pastorate is the fact from which this treatise starts, upon the proper behavior before which it would throw light. The writer has several times been through the experience, and has found the way of success so different from the ways he so long tried in vain, and with much agony of spirit, that he ventures to study the matter in the light of the successes and failures of many besides, and to give forth the knowledge to others. There are those who lack no qualification for the high place they would serve in, save that they know not the difficult art of candidating.
That many ministers have qualifications for service greater than they are able to negotiate in a candidating campaign might easily be proved. The qualifications of a good candidate are not strictly the same as the qualifications of a successful pastor and teacher. For instance, the very knowledge of how to gain a hearing before a church's committee, or before a congregation, is not knowledge of the pastoral calling; and inability to make a good first impression, so fatal in candidating, may be no hindrance, after acquaintance, to the best ministerial work.
One can hardly be persuaded that failure to get a desired call necessarily means inability to do successful work. One knows too many instances otherwise. On the contrary, everyone is likely to know men who, by a candidating ability, have place beyond what they deserve. That we do not always get what we deserve is one of the limitations of life often even to the minister the overwhelming problem of faith. Some would counsel grace to bear it as inevitable; and it is a rock of stumbling to some who cannot themselves bear the injustice they counsel others to bear. The author belongs to the yet other class who believe we can have very nearly what we will pay the price of in this case, doubtless, a knowledge of the ways and means of candidating.