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Essential tasks

  • Understanding the process for extending a call, then communicating this information to the candidate of choice. Confusion around protocols can quickly derail the end of the search process and bring down the level of trust between the judicatory, congregation, search team, and candidate of choice.
  • Presenting the candidate of choice to the confirming body in a compelling way. Those beyond the search team have not been privy to the interactions the team has had with the candidate, the information the team has gathered from other sources, and the inner workings of the team’s discernment process.
  • Allowing the candidate of choice to demonstrate pastoral leadership. For those beyond the search team to catch the team’s enthusiasm, it is as essential to show as it is to tell why this candidate is the right one for the church.