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COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY/MEMBER IN DISCERNMENT COACHING
It used to be a common practice that, when a subcommittee recommended a candidate (Member in Discernment) to the larger committee, they would almost automatically get passed on for their Ecclesiastical Council. Now, there is a trend toward more scrutiny. Without always giving a hard "yes," comes the "yes, but." With the but comes the challenge of assigning criteria for the candidate to meet. This is where coaching comes in. Coaching allows us to honor the call and gifts that God has put on the life of the candidate while giving space for growth and development. It avoids saying the candidate isn't "good enough" while inviting him/her into a time of self-examination. The Committee on Ministry can set certain criteria for the candidate to meet as they are coached to those criteria. Then, after a certain period, the coach makes a recommendation to the Committee on Ministry as to whether the candidate has met the criteria (namely, a willingness toward growth and self-reflection) or not. All coaching is done remotely.