The Conference Minister Search Committee
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by Eric Anderson
HARTFORD (06/26/2012) -- In a message to Conference leadership this week, Search Committee chair the Rev. Gordon Rankin followed up his address to the Spring Meeting of the Connecticut Conference in May, when he said of the progress on the profile, "It's all good." Now, he declared, "It's all done... and it is still all good."
The publication of the profile moves the search for a Conference Minister from the initial information gathering period to "Phase Two," or the active search. From July 1 through September 30, 2012, the Search Committee will welcome applications from candidates interested in the position. All ministerial profiles and other required materials must be in the Committee's hands by the end of September. The Conference profile will be available at ctucc.org/cmprofile on July 1.
Rankin urged church leaders to help them with their efforts to recruit talented candidates with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience. "As well networked as we'd like to think we are," he said, "we can't possibly be as networked as all of you." Rather than sending names to the Search Committee, he suggested that people get the information to people they think would be good leaders for the Conference. "Tell the person why you believe she or he would be a good candidate," he offered. "Your words might well stir a sense of calling."
Rankin stressed that as the committee begins to review candidates, they need to keep interactions with them confidential. Committee members will not be able to comment, even to the extent of confirming whether a person has or has not applied for the position.
The Connecticut Conference entered this transition in leadership on the retirement of the Rev. Dr. Davida Foy Crabtree in May 2010. The Rev. Charles L. Wildman currently serves as Interim Conference Minister.
The Rev. Eric S. Anderson is Minister of Communications and Technology for the Connecticut Conference UCC.