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The Settlement Handbook
The Settlement Handbook
Career Development for Ministers, Ministerial Transitions

Our Association's settled ministry search process can seem long and complex. A lot happens between the announcement that a minister is leaving to the beginning of a new ministry; however, year after year we see that good process yields better ministry matches.

We offer our guide to the settled search process in two formats: a document and a companion video series which breaks the search down into phases. Important links/forms for each phase are also included on this page and in the Appendix of the PDF document.

  1. The Settlement Handbook (PDF)
  2. A series of brief, conversational videos about the phases of the search process with Rev. Keith Kron, our Transitions Director:

Important Links

Phase One: Concluding a Ministry Well

Phase Two: Education and Preparation for Search

Phase Three: Building the Structure to Search

Phase Four: Opening Up for the Search

Phase Five: Discernment and Mutual Selection

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Phase Six: Finalizing the Offer

Phase Seven: Entering into a New Ministry

If No Match Occurs: The Second Round

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About the Author

  • Christine Purcell serves as the Transitions Program Manager for the Central East, MidAmerica, New England, and Southern Regions. She works closely with congregational leaders, search committees, and transitions coaches to support ministerial search processes.

For more information contact transitions@uua.org.

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