But Kathy Pickett
, moderator-elect for the state body, voiced concern that female candidates - particularly young women -- "are not hurt and damaged" in the process.
Pickett, pastor of congregational life at Holmeswood Baptist Church in Kansas City, said in an interview that she appreciates that CBF of Missouri is trying to think creatively, but asking women to step into that situation "makes them a guinea pig on both sides."
wonders how a woman might feel when she
realizes a church accepted the incentive to consider her
, and then finds out that the committee doesn't really consider her
as a viable candidate.
said idealistic young women coming out of seminary may be particularly vulnerable.
"The young women may believe that something good is going to happen," Pickett
"There is a hopefulness that something is going to change when it likely isn't going to."
believes that sending out resumes, dealing with churches and just engaging in conversations about women's roles is part of her
added, young women coming out of seminary often leave Baptist life altogether because there is no place for them in churches in the Midwest.
Despite her concerns, Pickett said she recognizes the potential educational benefit of the program for both churches and young women in the ministry, but there needs to be a "real honesty" on the part of churches that are not ready to call a woman pastor but include a female in the selection process "as a learning thing."