At the recent Kansas District Professional Church Worker’s Conference, I presented a paper and a proposed overture for consideration and feedback. The overture will hopefully come before the Kansas District Convention in June, as well as other District Conventions as well.
In the paper, I argue that congregations calling sole pastors should be given preference over those congregations calling assistant or associate pastors. I believe the Church at large is best served by filling vacancies in as many congregations as possible, as opposed to filling a vacancy in a congregation that is already being served by a called and ordained servant of the Word. Neither the paper or the overture call for the elimination of assistant or associate pastors; merely limiting the number of candidates placed in those positions as their first call.
Rev. Michael Schmidt