Ministerial Transitions

Serving with Grace Lay Leadership as a Spiritual Practice

By Erik Walker Wikstrom

From Skinner House Books

Discover how to experience congregational work as an integrated element in a fully rounded spiritual life.

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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, compensation consultants, and regional staff throughout the search process for all types of ministers: assistant, contract, developmental, interim, or settled.


Search Overview Workshop

What does it mean to be searching for a minister now? How does it work? What’s involved? What do searching congregations need to know?

Join us for an overview of the search process on Saturday, June 8th. Please use the link below for registration and more information.

Cost is per congregation: $175.00

Training for Ministers Who Are New to Transitional Ministry

If you are a minister, please note, transitional ministers of all kinds are eligible to participate in the Annual Transitional Ministry Training, which was historically reserved just for interims. You can indicate your interest in this training here:

The link below will give ministers the dates for the training and provide us a list of who to send a registration form as things get finalized. The training spans the entire year, with an in-person component in mid-October. 

Interest Form: New to Transitional Ministry '24-25 (

Questions About Materials or the Search Process

Please include your full name, your congregation’s full name (no acronyms), city, and state in all correspondence with the UUA Transitions Office and regional staff.

  • Transitions Office: Rev. Keith Kron, Director; Amy Szen, Administrator; Rev. Patrice Curtis, Transformational Interim Ministries Director; and Christine Purcell, Transitions Program Manager (
  • Congregational Life field staff support, all regions: Christine Purcell, Transitions Program Manager (

Congregational Leaders and Ministers

Regarding All Active and Upcoming Searches

  1. Only use the old settlement system for accessing historical information. The new Ministry Search system is in use!
  2. Congregational leaders, once you have been in touch with regional staff and/or the Transitions Program Manager about the types of ministry search which would be best or are available to your congregation, send an email to to initiate your search. Include your congregation’s full name, city, and state, and the name and email for your contact person.
  3. To view opportunity listings for ministers, religious educators, musicians, and other congregational staff, please visit the MinistrySearch Jobs Board. To post a position on the jobs board for non-ordained staff, use the Job Board Listing Request form.
  4. Congregations seeking or offering staff for collaboration may also post to the Congregational Collaboration Board.

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

  • To be completed by ministers and lay leaders, online, after 6 months; after 12 months; and for two year interims, again at the end of the second year
  • Developmental Ministry Evaluation 
    To be completed by ministers together with the board annually
  • Directory Update Form Please complete this form to note any staffing changes to be displayed on

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.

Archived Resources