The time of transition in clergy leadership can be a time of great hope and joy as the congregation envisions the future and begins to dream of what a new part of its journey might be. It can also be a time of great anxiety as the ending of relationships are grieved and the congregation lives with uncertainty.
The transition process for a congregation has parts:
- Saying goodbye to the departing priest and his or her family
- Arranging for clergy leadership during the transition
- Looking at the history, current life and ministries, and hopes and dreams of the congregation. This part focuses on telling the story of the congregation.
- Discerning the gifts, skills and talents the congregation has and those it needs in new clergy leadership
- Interviewing candidates
- Welcoming the new priest and his or her family.
Deacons seeking to change their congregational assignment should note that to Bishop Rowe in their annual report to him.
Priests seeking a new position should email Canon Cathy Dempesy-Sims for one on one help.
The Office for Transition Ministry profile is the first step for priests seeking a new call. Make sure that your profile is up to date. If you do not yet have an OTM profile, you can register for one here.