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.


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

Fresh Start is a diocesan-led program that seeks to foster healthy relationships among clergy, their congregations and their dioceses during critical periods of transition. Encouraging open and honest discussion of transitional issues affecting both clergy and congregations, the program’s goal is to build a culture in which the mutual ministry of the clergy and congregation starts off on the right foot, enabling their new relationship to begin with a “Fresh Start”.