In my last post, I gave a run through of what to expect at a Provincial Discernment Panel (or BAP / Bishop’s Advisory Panel / Provincial Selection Conference / blah blah blah). In this particular post, I’m going to give some basic pointers for you to hopefully give you an idea of things, to ease you, and to better prepare you for your selection. So without further a do, here goes:
After the conference is over, the wait will begin. The panel will meet straight after you leave to discuss each candidate, and a decision (recommendation / recommendation with conditions / non recommendation) will be made on that day. What takes time is that the Secretary has to compile all the reports and write them up then send them to the Bishops. Then, the Bishop may be busy and so your report may wait. It took over two weeks for me to hear, so don’t be surprised if you have to wait a long time. a couple of things for dealing with post-conference:
As I drove to my grandparents house after the conference (who don’t live far from where the conference was held), I said to God “I don’t know what I’m going to do if I’m not selected, God. It’s in your hands”. And that was that. Thankfully, God was very kind and gracious and didn’t allow me to become too frustrated or worried or anxious about hearing the news.
The news will be given to you usually by phone or by the Bishop seeing you in person. Very rarely, the news is given as a letter.
I had a phone call from the Bishop whilst I was on holiday to say that I had been recommended for training. I was so happy and relieved to hear that. Of course, not everyone gets a recommendation. It isn’t the end of the world if you’re not recommended (even though it will feel like it, I’m sure). The fact that you got to this point is a clear indication that there is a calling to ministry on you, but it may just need a bit more work, or maybe you need to look at a different sort of ministry (but these are to be discussed with your DDO after you hear the news). And of course, you can always go back to a panel again.
I hope this has given you a bit of an insight into the ins and outs of the selection conference! If there’s any other comments or questions you have, do use the comments below to share them. Similarly, if you’ve been to a Selection Conference or BAP or whatever, do share your tips and advice too! My next post on this particular area is probably going to be about my meeting with my DDO to discuss my report and the next steps in terms of training… exciting!
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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