Mission Center: Mission Leadership

Services for Congregations


Change in a congregation's leadership is sometimes a fear that looms in the hearts of clergy and vestry members alike. Change, though, is inevitable. We are called to both change and grow into creation God is calling us to be. Our guiding principles are hope and discernment, and the standard tool is prayer.

To begin your search for a new clergy leader, contact your Bishop and Diocesan Transition Minister. Your diocesan staff will assist you as you identify your parish's gifts and call to ministry, which ultimately will be translated onto a Community Ministry Portfolio online.  

The documents below will help your vestry and search committee as you search and discern your next clergy leader.

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.

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.

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