Recently a church made an offer to a candidate for a sr. level position. At the 11th hour (literally late that night), the candidate contacted the church and asked if his wife could be hired as his assistant.

There was no opening on the admin team – there also hadn’t been any discussion about this throughout the process. The church grew concerned over this candidate’s thinking and how he would handle future leadership decisions if he had been hired. The church rescinded the offer.

What should this guy have done differently?
Should spouses be considered when interviewing for a pastoral position?