The Discernment Process in the Diocese of Maine
Clergy interested in being considered for a particular position should send the following documents to Canon Michael Ambler, Transition Officer for the Diocese of Maine:
1. A letter addressed to the Discernment Committee (but sent to Canon Ambler) in which the candidate (a) offers a self-introduction, and (b) describes why they feel drawn into discernment around this particular position. The specific form, length, and content of the letter is at the candidate's discretion;
2. A current resume; and
3. A .pdf of the candidate's current Office of Transition Ministries Portfolio, including answers to all of the narrative questions.
It is very helpful (though not required) if all three documents can be sent as attachments to a single email. The Transition Officer does an initial screening of all candidates prior to forwarding applications to the Discernment Committee.
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.
Maine congregations currently receiving names: