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(Lat. candidatus, “one clothed in white as an aspirant to office”). One who presents himself, or is presented, for membership, office, position, right, or honor.

In Germany students who had passed their pro ministerio examination received the title candidatus reverendi ministerii (candidate for the sacred ministry). In Scandinavia a prospective minister becomes a “candidate of theol.” after passing a series of tests (usually in Biblical thought and languages, religion, philos., and theol.). In the Dutch Ref. Ch. a “candidate” is a licentiate who seeks ordination as a minister. The word is used in various ways in Am. churches. It designates a student preparing for the ministry as also an applicant for a pulpit engagement.

Candidatus reverendi ministerii (crm) is used in Luth. chs. in Am. for a student who has been officially declared a qualified candidate for the ministry and for a pastor who is temporarily in an inactive status.

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