Pastors, if you were applying for another pastorate, what percentage of the vote would you accept as a call? The reason for the question is: We have had an interim pastor for about 6 months. He is retired from Union University and is in his early 70s. In the six months he has been with us, he had basically turned our church around. We are growing and have accomplished so much with his leadership. This past Sunday we voted for him to be our full time pastor. He visisted another church while we were voting. He got a vote of 91% and we were thrilled thinking he would be our new pastor. We love him and he loves us. Sunday night when he came back he said he and his wife had decided that they needed 95% in order to take the position. We are all dumbfounded as we thought 91% was really good. He also stated that he would be leaving at the end of March so we could get on with the business of looking for a full time pastor unhindered by our desire for him to be full time pastor. We realize that a few wanted a younger man but he really is into promoting our young people. He found us a new youth minister about a month ago. We have been looking for a youth minister almost as long as we have a pastor. Some of our older members stated that our last pastor didn't get anywhere near 91% when he was called and he stayed there for 29 years. Can you give me any words of wisdom that I might repeat to him that could change his mind. Some of our older men were taking him to lunch today to try to get him to change his mind. He did say Sunday night that he didn't know if he was making the right decision. Help please.