Regional Transitions Coaches
For all congregations in search for a minister, your support flows through the MidAmerica Region’s Transitions Program Manager, Christine Purcell. She should be your first line of contact: cpurcell [at] uua [dot] org.
Christine has worked for our UUA since 2011, when she began working for the Southeast District. Since she was given the transitions portfolio in the Southern Region a few years ago, she has worked closely with the Transitions Office to update the MinistrySearch system and resources related to search. She also supports the New England Region with their ministerial transitions work. She says, “Working across regional lines allows me to focus on the work I love most, supporting congregations in ministerial search. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to serve in MidAmerica!”
She currently lives with her family in Knoxville, TN. She enjoys cooperative strategy games, home improvement projects, and playing baritone ukulele and guitar in her spare time.
The change of ministers in and out of a congregation is a time where lots of things are in motion, with lots of questions being asked, and lots of uncertainty in the air. As a minister, deciding when it’s right to leave and how best to do that; as a congregation, sorting out what are the next steps, and how do we say goodbye and move forward. It’s a time when everything can appear up for grabs, and most congregations and ministers are looking for support and answers.
Don’t worry—you’re not alone, and we’re here to help you. The MidAmerica Region has created and collated resources for you. Christine Purcell, cpurcell [at] uua [dot] org, is the staff person who oversees the ministerial transitions for MidAmerica, and she works in tandem with Keith Kron, the Director of Transitions for the UUA. You will also be supported by Transitions Coaches—trained individuals who partner with your search committee on the road of ministerial succession. The resources on this page, and on the UUA Transitions page, will help you know how to start, and we’re always ready to answer specific questions for you, too. The answers are often a variation on common themes—the “usual” knowledge which might then need to be tweaked a bit for your congregation’s culture, and your unique situation.
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Look to the column on the right for links to short (2-5 minute long) videos that answer many of the basic questions about ministerial transition. Below that listing are links to other sites and the most useful documents.