Would you mind if your pastor left your church and already called another man to come take the pastorate without the church's knowledge or approval? A pastor's wife friend of mine is moving to another state where her husband is to take over an IFB church they've never even visited. (Yes, the term "take over" was used.) It seems the pastor there feels called elsewhere and hand-picked his friend to take the church. This church was not told ANYTHING until the pastor got up to resign, when he announced who the new pastor would be and that he'd be there in time for the next service. My friend says it's not scriptural to have a pulpit committee to "reject" man after man while the church sits without a shepherd, and the current pastor consulted a few other pastor's (no one in his church) about making this decision. The only time I've ever heard of a pastor hand-picking his successor is when a father retires and his son takes the role of pastor. Is this a generally acceptable practice for IFB churches? Or any other Independent Baptist churches?