Transition Ministry

The Office for Transition Ministry guides individuals (lay and ordained), congregations, and institutions through their times of discernment and calling. Bishops and transition ministers can list their open positions, search the database, receive training, and download helpful forms and publications. Clergy, seminarians, and lay leaders are matched by their skills with ministry opportunities in parishes, diocesan offices, and church-related organizations. Congregations are supported throughout the entire search process, from the listing of the position to creating the parish portfolio while providing interim and search process resources.


December 6, 2010

The Episcopal Church's Office for Transition Ministry, formally known as the Church Deployment Office, has developed a new tool for engaging its system. The OTM Portfolio is meant for clergy who are seeking new ministry opportunities, lay...

May 29, 2009

The Rev. Victoria Duncan has been named program officer for CDO (Church Deployment Office): Office for Transition Ministry in the Mission Leadership Center of The Episcopal Church. The announcement was made by the Board for Church...

January 30, 2007

After working for about 20 years in ministry, I decided to take some time off and smell the roses. It was fun for about three months; then I began seriously defining myself as unemployed. I did not like not living into my ordination vows...

January 30, 2006

At the Church Deployment Office, the Rev. Rebecca McClain, along with deployment officers across the Episcopal Church, is writing - not the next chapter - but a whole new volume in the history of deployment in the Episcopal Church. The...

March 10, 2005

The Rev. Rebecca McClain says starting her new post as executive director of the national Church Deployment Office (CDO) feels a bit like "crossing from the South rim to the North rim of the Grand Canyon." "It's a huge leap of faith, to...

October 5, 2004

Deployment Officers from 31 dioceses gathered in Niagara Falls, New York, October 2-5 for their biannual conference. Members say it is the oldest and largest conference of its kind, involving deployment officers from all of Provinces I...



Clergy of other churches or provinces in the Anglican Communion may register if both of the following requirements are met: You have secured the sponsorship of a bishop diocesan of the Episcopal Church USA. It is necessary for you to find...

Building a Profile of Your Church: a Guide for Congregational Self-study. Presentation by Canon Kristi Philip, Diocese of Spokane. File size: 129 Kb.

A handbook on Letters of Agreement for clergy and congregations (by Richard L. Ullman).

Guidelines for search/calling committees on the calling process including: appointing a committee; setting a budget; communications; reviewing, visiting, interviewing, choosing and calling candidates. Revised: May 2009 (4th edition).

Guidelines for examining and advocating a theology of compensation in the calling and care of clergy, including: salary, housing, & utilities; benefits; reimbursement for professional expenses, with tax implications of each. Revised:...

"Caring for Clergy through Housing" is intended to provide a useful and insightful look at the complex and important issue of adequate clergy housing. Updated May, 2009.


An independent not-for-profit institution that offers seminars for congregational leaders both clergy and laity on topics such as congregational transformation, planning, and leadership.

Children International, a non-profit providing hope and opportunity to children in developing countries, is hiring clergy to take their message into congregations. If you love to preach, have a heart for the poor and don't have regular worship commitments, please consider this deeply rewarding ministry by contacting Rev. Kelly Demo at

A diocesan-led program for clergy who are starting a new ministry. This program seeks to strengthen the relationships among clergy, their congregations, and their dioceses during the critical period of transition.