August 27, 2010
CDO Profile => OTM Portfolio
For many years, clergy and lay professionals have been filling out the forms called a CDO profile, to be a part of the church-wide databases for clergy and lay professionals and to register with the former Church Deployment Office, now known as the Office for Transition Ministry. Churches in Transition have also filled out forms to aid in searches for new priests or lay professionals.
The Office for Transition Ministry has made it a priority to replace and upgrade the database to allow for more flexibility and to incorporate today's technologies into a user-friendly application. For clergy and lay professionals, the new system, called the OTM Portfolio, will retain some of the features of the previous system, such as the presentation of work history, language proficiencies, education, and compensation, but among its exciting new features is the ability to provide links to personal or parish websites, links to sermons—in print, audio, or video media. Each registrant will have the opportunity to answer a set of questions about their ministry, theology, and activities. Instead of pre-defined terms from which each user may select those most appropriate to describe his/her ministry, the new application uses technology that allows self-selected terms. In general, the new portfolio will provide a broader range of information for each person to share and more flexibility in how they present it. The portfolio will overcome some space and capacity limitations by having much of the information referenced provided as electronic links to where the information is stored elsewhere. There is an underlying "green theme" in its design.
The former Parish/Institution CDO Profile will be replaced with an OTM Worshipping Community Portfolio which will mirror the OTM Individual Portfolio, and will include information on compensation, benefits, and questions that will be answered to assist candidates in discerning if a particular position would be attractive or suitable for them. Again, it will provide a more in-depth view of the parish or other community—diocesan office, school, or chaplaincy opportunity.
The matching process will continue to exist as a tool for registrants and worshipping communities, based on key words and other discernment stage and statistical parameters. Both the OTM Portfolio and Community Portfolio will be available in English, Spanish, and French when it is launched this fall.
The Diocese of Ohio access date is scheduled for September 7, 2010. It is advisable to save your current CDO profile as not all of the information will be "moved over" when the shift is made. I would encourage you to play with the new technology even if you are not called by God to move on, at this time. It is my hope to visit every clericus or mission area as is appropriate this year, but if you need assistance please contact me at 1-216-774-0455.
The Rev. Percy Grant
Canon for Ministry
Episcopal Diocese of Ohio