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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 our UUA's Transitions Program Manager as a member of the Congregational Life field staff team. She works closely with congregational leaders, search committees, and transitions coaches to support ministerial search processes.

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