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Ministerial Transitions
Ministerial Transitions
Career Development for Ministers, Ministerial Transitions

The health and vitality of our congregations depends in part on a good fit between a congregation and their minister. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) helps to connect ministers searching for a position with congregations which want to find a minister.

The UUA offers information and resources to help congregants, ministers, regional transition coaches, compensation consultants, and regional staff throughout the search process for all types of ministers: assistant, contract, developmental, interim, or settled.

Congregations seeking ¾ or full time ministries receive support from both the UUA Transitions Office and UUA regional staff; congregations seeking ministries of less than ¾ time receive support primarily from regional staff.

Questions About Materials or the Search Process?

  • Transitions Office: Rev. Keith Kron, Director, and Emily Cherry, Administrator (transitions [at] uua [dot] org)
  • Central East Region: Andrea Lerner, Transitions Program Manager (alerner [at] uua [dot] org)
  • MidAmerica Region: Rev. Lisa Presley, Transitions Program Manager (lpresley [at] uua [dot] org
  • New England Region: Christine Purcell, Transitions Program Manager (cpurcell [at] uua [dot] org
  • Pacific West Region: Rev. Sarah Schurr, Transitions Program Manager (sschurr [at] uua [dot] org)
  • Southern Region: Christine Purcell, Transitions Program Manager (cpurcell [at] uua [dot] org)

Congregational Leaders and Ministers

Regarding All Active and Upcoming Searches

  1. Only use the old settlement system for accessing historical information. The new MinistrySearch system is in use!
  2. Congregational leaders, send an email to transitions [at] uua [dot] org to initiate your search. Include your congregation’s full name, city, and state, and the name and email for your contact person. If you are initiating an interim ministry search, let us know if it will be full-time or a lower percentage of time and about the planned duration (two years is recommended).
  3. To view opportunity listings for ministers, religious educators, musicians, and other congregational staff, please visit the MinistrySearch Jobs Board.

These documents are essential reading for both lay leaders and for ministers.

Congregational Leaders

Resources here are of particular use to lay leaders shepherding their congregation through the ministerial transition.


These resources are useful for ministers in the midst of or considering a transition.


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