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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 who want to find a minister.

The UUA offers information and resources to help congregants, ministers, ministerial search representatives, 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.

For questions about the materials or the search process, please contact the UUA Transitions Office at transitions [at] uua [dot] org.

Congregational Leaders and Ministers

Regarding the Upcoming Interim Search!

If you are planning an interim search, please

  1. Do not create an interim application in the current settlement system. The UUA is developing a new search system to replace it which we expect will be available later in March.
  2. Send an email to transitions [at] uua [dot] org to let us know. Include your congregation’s full name, city, and state and the name and email for your contact person.
  3. Also tell us if the interim ministry will be full-time or what percent of time and the planned duration (two years is recommended).

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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