Rector Search Update: Candidate Applications First Step
As a first step, applications from clergy interested in Saint Michael & All Angels are reviewed by the Diocesan Office of Transition Ministry (OTM). The OTM contacts their counterparts in the other Dioceses to make sure there are no “red flags” on any of the candidates. When the “red flag” check is complete, St. Michael's Rector Search Committee will begin to receive packets of candidate applications to consider.
Once applications are received, the committee’s role changes radically. Formerly the committee was in the business of inviting as broadly and effectively as possible, and nothing it was doing was confidential. But from the moment the committee receives an application, it assumes the duty of safeguarding the identity of each applicant with trust and care. The reason for this seriousness is the harm that can come from leaks. Breaches of confidentiality, even small and innocent ones, have derailed search processes, divided congregations, betrayed candidates, and ruined careers.
When the committee starts to review actual applications from actual priests, they begin to prayerfully and deliberately discern whether one of the priests is called by God to serve Saint Michael & All Angels. The committee will continue keeping the congregation updated on where the process stands as things progress. In the meantime, please contact Mark Peterson if you have any questions for the Rector Search Committee.
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