Resources for Ministerial Transitions

By Renee Ruchotzke

One of the most significant changes in the life of a congregation is a change in professional ministry. It can be a time of grief, possibility, confusion, anxiety or some combination of emotions.

We on your UUA/OMD/SLD/CERG District and Regional staff are committed to assist congregations though these times of transition. We also encourage congregational leaders to educate themselves about best practices so that we can partner together to find the best fit for your congregation.

In the past couple of years, the UUA has developed some helpful resources to aid congregational leaders to educate themselves during a ministerial transition.

Overview and Ministerial Departure:

Negotiated Terminations: When the Ministry Doesn’t End Well. Occasionally a ministry ends in conflict. If you think you’re headed this way, be in touch with your regional staff for more particulars.

Next Steps for the Congregation, and the Interim Process

The Search Committee: Creation and Process

Search Committee Tasks


Part-Time Ministerial Search

These new resources are in addition to the resources on the UUA website:

  • UUA Ministerial Transitions includes links to information on Interim Ministry, the Settlement Handbook, benefits and compensation (including a compensation calculator), part-time ministry, recommendations concerning screening of ministers and all staff and other safety issues.

In faith and service,
Rev. Renee Ruchotzke

About the Author

Renee Ruchotzke

Rev. Renee Ruchotzke (ruh-HUT-skee) is a Congregational Life Consultant and program manager for Leadership Development.

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