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The Search for a New General Secretary

By Liz Groen

The selection process for a general secretary is established in the bylaws of the General Synod Council (GSC). At a special September meeting, the GSC appointed a search committee to begin the process. "The GSC is confident the 12-member search committee will broadly represent the RCA," says GSC moderator Michelle Chahine. More than 150 people had applied to serve on the committee.

"The search committee is an ad hoc committee of the GSC," Chahine says. "Its role is to provide advice to the GSC to help the GSC do its job. The committee is delegated to develop and implement a strategy to eventually recommend a general secretary candidate to the GSC, whose appointment would then require approval from the General Synod."

GSC anticipates that the search committee will present a candidate at its March meeting, in time for the candidate to be approved at General Synod in June.

GSC has also approved a revised general secretary job description for use in the search.

Chahine says that individual RCA members are welcome to submit candidate nominations to the search committee or ask questions about the process by emailing searchcommittee@rca.org.

"Wes's announcement provides a privileged opportunity for the RCA and the GSC," says Chahine. "I sense God is calling the GSC to initiate and lead with transparency, to foster credibility and trust, and to model the discernment process—framed by this time of transition."

Posted 10/01/10

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