I appreciate his honesty about it, and it causes me to recognize the great benefits of being a part of a denomination. A few that come to mind:
- Networking: to whatever extent you utilize the natural network that occurs in a denomination, it is a huge benefit for the candidacy process.
- Administrative functions: services such as the placement office at my denominational seminary and the Administrative Office of the denomination itself may the system run a bit smoother.
- Mentoring: operating in a Presbytery has the natural element of peer acountability, mentoring, and oversight as a requirement.
- Guidance for churches: while many don't pursue it as much as is actually available, there is good help for churches who need guidance through the search process.
- Known standards: in spite of what I said in an earlier post, there is a level of theological standardization that is all but taken for granted, but has a huge benefit to the process.
It is helpful to me to keep a healthy perspective on this question; I love my denomination, and I'm ready to take vows of commitment to the PCA. Thanks to Real Live Preacher for reminding me of that.