Mission Center: Mission Leadership

Parish Calling Kit
Community Ministry Portfolio Worksheet
When a Search Committee completes this form, and it has been approved by that parish's vestry, it is sent to the bishop or diocesan transition minister who will enter the information into the Transition Ministry database. Once in the database, the parish information provided will be available for viewing.

Called to Work Together
A handbook on Letters of Agreement for clergy and congregations (by Richard L. Ullman).

Caring for Clergy in the Calling Process
Guidelines for search/calling committees on the calling process including: appointing a committee; setting a budget; communications; reviewing, visiting, interviewing, choosing and calling candidates. Revised: May 2009 (4th edition).

Caring for Clergy through Compensation
Guidelines for examining and advocating a theology of compensation in the calling and care of clergy, including: salary, housing, & utilities; benefits; reimbursement for professional expenses, with tax implications of each. Revised: May 2009 (4th edition).

Caring for Clergy Through Housing
"Caring for Clergy through Housing" is intended to provide a useful and insightful look at the complex and important issue of adequate clergy housing.

Interim Ministries - Book 1
Overview for church leaders, which defines Interim Ministry, suggesting how this specialized ministry can be useful to congregations. Revised: August 2007.

Interim Ministries - Book 2
Guidelines for the development and support of interim ministries in dioceses, including: professional standards, Letter of Agreement, training, support, and evaluation of interim ministers. Revised: August 2007.

Interviewing in the Calling Process
Guidelines to help the search/calling committee make the interviewing process an effective tool to determine a good match between priest and parish. Revised: May 2009 (4th edition).

Living Into Our Ministries: The Mutual Ministry Cycle
The audience intended to use this guide includes diocesan facilitators, deployment officers, wardens and clergy. Some parts, especially the introduction, will be useful for the whole vestry as a starting conversation on mutual ministry. The document is an educational package with a variety of tools. 91 pages including a bibliography.

Prayer in Calling Process
This period of search for a new rector can be a time of new and creative activity in the liturgical and devotional life of the parish that can enrich the church for long after the search process is over. This guide offers you resources, suggestions, possibilities, for that journey. Revised: 2007.

Search
A manual for those called to guide the parish through a process leading to the election of a rector. An invaluable guide to the search process by Charles R. Wilson.


List Position with the Office for Transition Ministry

Positions open in a diocese are identified by the bishop of that diocese or a Diocesan Transition Officer (DTO). This may be a clergy or lay position in a congregation, the diocesan offices, or a diocesan institution.
The bishop or DTO authorizes the parish/institution in search to complete the Search Request Form. 
When the Search Committee has completed the Search Request Form, and it has been approved by the parish's vestry, it is sent to the bishop/DTO who will enter the information into the Transition Ministry database. Once in this database, the parish information provided will be available for viewing in the Positions Open Bulletin (POB).
Anyone who is registered with the Office for Transition Ministry can search the Positions Open Bulletin online at no cost.
Information in the Position profile can be used as criteria to search the database for Personal Profiles that best match those criteria. The search is conducted by the bishop or diocesan transition ministry officer.
The policy established by the Board for Transition Ministry is to search the database of registered clergy and laity, without regard to race, marital status, age or sex.


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