The Discernment Process in the Diocese of Maine
Clergy interested in being considered for a particular position should send a letter of interest and resume to the Canon for Transition Ministry. Candidates must also have a current OTM (Office of Transition Ministry) Portfolio. The Canon for Transition Ministry does an initial screening of all candidates.
The Canon for Transition Ministry presents names of candidates to the Congregation Discernment Committee for their prayerful discernment which may include requesting additional essay questions, telephone interviews and visits with candidates.
The Discernment Committee presents final candidate to the Vestry or Bishop's Committee.
The Vestry or Bishop's Committee, however, must elect and issue a formal call to the candidate and is responsible for all details concerning the development of a Letter of Agreement with the candidate.
The Discernment Committee is strongly encouraged to communicate with all candidates under consideration at least every thirty days with a status update of the process and to advise whether or not they are still under consideration. If candidates have any questions concerning their status, they should contact either the Chair of the Discernment Committee or the Canon for Transition Ministry.
For more information, please contact Vicki E. Wiederkehr, Canon for Formation and Transition Ministry