Making the decision to seek a new pulpit is filled with an array of experiences that are unique for each rabbi or cantor. The complexities of a search from resume preparation, phone and skype interviews to on-site interviewing can be overwhelming. I thoroughly prepare clergy colleagues and guide them on this sacred journey.
In preparing to search for a new congregation, how do you become the candidate of choice? How do you best prepare for your search? Does your resume and personal statement match your personality? How do you prepare for your phone and/or skype interviews and in-person interviews? Do you have the interpersonal skills to "read and connect" with the personalities of the search committee members? What materials do you send? What references do you use? These are some of the techniques that you master as I guide and support you in your search.
After you are engaged by a congregation, we begin to focus on transitions and your work with the "clergy transition committee". Whose agenda? Whose needs need to be addressed? What institutional ghosts or land mines need to be identified and removed? What are the "sacred cows"? What are the staff needs? What changes can be made and at what pace?