Note: This question was spurred on by reading another post. I am not attempting to criticize anyone's personal practices, but after reading it I did wonder about my own. It has been my understanding that it is generally unwise for a church to consider more than one candidate for a pastor at a time. Most men I have spoken with refuse to allow themselves to be considered if another man is also considered to be an official candidate. Here is my question: shouldn't the same thing generally apply in the reverse? Shouldn't a pastor only consider one church/ministry opportunity at a time in the formal candidate process (in contrast with simple pulpit supply)? Example: after I had been invited to candidate at the church in which I am currently serving, another pastor invited me to consider coming to serve as his assistant pastor, continuing the same type of ministry (youth/administrative) I had up to then. I told the pastor I could not submit my name for consideration at that time, since I was already preparing to candidate at the other church. What say ye? Was this unecessary on my part? Or, for that matter, should churches be able to consider more than one candidate?