Discernment Phase of Rector Search

The search for St. Matthew’s new rector continues and has entered a new phase – discernment.  In the coming months the search committee will actually be collecting and receiving names of qualified candidates, interviewing them, and ultimately making a recommendation to the Vestry as to which we believe should be called to be our new Rector.

There are several “gates” still to go through.  (1)  Concurrently, the Diocese is soliciting candidates from the diocese and nation-wide while the parish is asked to recommend qualified candidates that they may know.  (2) Screening by the diocese of all names to find those that would best be suited for a church of our size and growth trajectory.  (3)  Invitations to those on the list to be considered by the committee.  (4)  Interviews with all candidates who respond to the invitation with a desire to be considered.  (5)  Narrowing the list to a smaller pool and then arranging for visits to their parish and church for more in-depth interviews.  (6) Further narrowing the list to a final slate of candidates.  (7) Hosting the finalists for visits to Madison and the local area and conducting even more in-depth discussions.  (8) Making the final selection and recommendation to the Vestry who will then extend a call to the candidate to be our new Rector.

We will continue to keep you updated as we migrate through these various phases.