I am particularly interested in ministers' thoughts on these items> At what point should a search committee begin to consider only one candidate at a time: immediately after the initial review of resumes after reviewing answers to a questionnaire (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) after checking references after reviewing audio/video of sermon after initial visit/interview Even if the committee has a short (2-7) list of candidates still under consideration what is the proper protocol when the committee does begin to work with only one candidate? For instance, say the committee decides to schedule a visit/interview of a candidate and they are only going to be considering that particular candidate at that time until he is either called or it is decided to move "in another direction." How should the committee inform the candidates that have not been eliminated in the search but are not being visited at that time? Two more questions: Is it a good idea to offer the former pastor as a reference for the church - in case the candidate wants to call him up? And, If a church has already been searching for a minister other than a Senior Pastor, and the Senior Pastor then is called away to another church, are there situations where a church should proceed with the original search while beginning a search for a new Senior Pastor?