In congregations, the moments of transition of key leaders like ministers, religious educators and musicians, are filled with both possibility and anxiety. Whether it is a planned departure through the minister moving to another congregation or retiring, or an unanticipated one through death, illness or negotiated termination, the big questions are always: "What happens next?" The answer to that question will vary for each congregation, but the good news is that you don't have to sort out the answers by yourself.
The MidAmerica staff is here to help. Lisa Presley, our Transitions Coordinator, coordinates our work on this. She is here to help you walk through the steps and connect you with the other members of our team and various resources you'll need. Depending on the position (minister, religious educator, musician; interim, contract, acting, settled, developmental) and the proportion (full-time, part-time, pulpit supply, etc.), the steps and partners will be different. But we'll help you figure out how to partner with the Transitions Office in Boston, the more local Ministerial Settlement Representatives, the Compensation Consultants, and other resources. For all full-time settled ministerial endings, we'll meet with your Board to do a transition interview, and then, when your next minister is in place, we'll do a start-up seminar to help you start things off on the best foot.For religious educators, we'll offer similar services, while with administrative staff and musicians, we'll help you connect with resources to define the positions and advertise your openings. All the way along, we're here to help answer your questions, and direct you to available resources.
One of the key resource sites is the UUA's Transitions system: http://www.uua.org/careers/ministers/transitions. Here you will find information for congregations and ministers, and samples of just about everything you might need.
For more information on Transitions, please be in touch with Lisa Presley, MidAmerica's Transitions Director. firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTO: Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, at his Ordination and Installation Service, with Rev. Victoria Safford. Credit: White Bear UU Church, Mahtomedi, Minnesota.