Regional Transitions Coaches
For all congregations in search for a minister, your support flows through the MidAmerica Region’s Transitions Program Manager, Lisa Presley. She should be your first line of contact: lpresley [at] uua [dot] org.
For congregations searching for a three-quarter time or more minister, you will be assigned one of our Transitions Coaches; for congregations seeking a minister for less than three-quarter time, you will be aided by a member of our staff. In either case, please be in touch with Lisa Presley lpresley [at] uua [dot] org.
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. Lisa Presley lpresley [at] uua [dot] org is the MA staff person who oversees the ministerial transitions for MidAmerica, and she works in tandem with Keith Kron, the Director of Transitions for the UUA. Keith is also helped by several Ministerial Settlement Representatives—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.