Pastors have a pretty fantastic networking hookup. They know people from all walks of life. Even just being involved in church can be useful. I realize that about half of the employees at one of my jobs come from my old boss’ church. I don’t think it’s a case of favoritism for coreligionists, per se. I just think my old boss spread the word about job openings to her contacts and encouraged those she thought would be good fits to apply.