Procedure for Search for Conference Minister
Many have asked what we are going to do after David Gaewski leaves after 15 years as Maine Conference Minister assuming he is called by the New York Conference. I would like to outline what the process will be.
David will be attending our Annual Meeting in June. He will be out of the office during the second week of July attending the National Youth Event (July 10-13) as our Conference Minister. Then he will be on vacation until he officially concludes his duties with the Maine Conference the first week of August.
The Conference By-laws gives the responsibility of creating the search committee to the Coordinating Council and they have authorized both search committees. As moderator, I have appointed the Executive Committee to act as the search committee for the Interim Conference Minister. The Coordinating Council approved this motion at the May meeting. We will be working with Rev. Susan Towner-Larson from the national office as we do our search for both the Interim and the settled Conference Minister. The interim position will be advertised through the national office. We are hoping to have an interim on board by the end of 2012.
With direction from the Coordinating Council, I have been working on creating a search committee for the settled position with the help of conference staff and Executive Committee members. My goal is to have representation from each of the associations, equal male and female, and youth as well as the 20/30 age group. The Executive Committee recommended to the Coordinating Council the names for the settled Conference Minister search committee membership at its May meeting. The committee, approximately 11 people, will be announced at this year’s Annual Meeting in June. It is my hope to have the settled position advertised by Spring of 2013 with an ending time of applications closing shortly after the 2013 General Synod. Interviews will take place after that. As we go through the process we will keep the conference informed realizing that there is some of the work which needs to be confidential. Additionally your input along the way is always welcome.
We hope to have a settled Maine Conference Minister candidate available for a vote at a special meeting near the end of 2013 or by the Annual Meeting 2014. Remember this is a flexible time frame but it gives us some targets.
Other Conference News
As a Maine Conference we have many things going on. We have just worked out an agreement with the New Hampshire Conference to have Bryan Breault work with them and direct their camp program, Horton Center, located near Gorham, New Hampshire. At the Annual Meeting in June we hope that the delegates will approve a capital campaign for Pilgrim Lodge. We presently have the conference office on the market and are looking for a location for the Maine Conference Center.
The conference is in the process of doing a visioning for the future. The Interim Conference Minister, the Coordinating Council and the Search Committee will be utilizing this information for the future direction of the Maine Conference.
Finally, so that you can get it on your calendar, we are going to have a Conference wide Great Gaewski Gathering on July 15 at the Waterville Church from 4-6p.m. so that you can say goodbye to David and Sueli. More information will be coming out soon.
Herbert F. Oliver, Moderator