Being part of a congregation's transition process -- celebrating their gifts, sharing their challenges, exploring their opportunities -- is the most rewarding ministry I can imagine.
I am passionate about transition ministry, and about serving a congregation
that wants to move into a position of increased strength and vision.
As I enjoy my ninth year of intentional transition work, I am grateful for
the continuing opportunity to partner with congregations that are committed
to preparing creatively for the next chapter of their collective life.
The period between ministers can be an anxious time, even for
congregations that are generally comfortable with change.
There may be
anger . . .
or grief . . .
or simply confusion.
At the same time, there can be a sense of opportunity, accompanied
by a strong desire to make the most of the time before your next
*What do you do first?
*What is reasonable to expect?
*How have other congregations found it wise to proceed?
This is where an experienced transition specialist can make
a difference -- someone who has walked with others on the path,
and who can help locate the signposts and warn of potholes
along the way.
Where Have I Served?
As an accredited transition specialist, I am currently
working as a Developmental Minister with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville, FL. Previously, I served First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio, TX (photo below, right), Eliot Unitarian Chapel in Kirkwood, MO (photo, left), River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bethesda, MD and Main Line Unitarian Church in Devon, PA. I have also been privileged to work withmidsize congregations in Vero Beach, FL and suburban Atlanta. GA.
Prior to embracing transition ministry, I served as settled parish
minister with UU congregations in Asheville, NC (11+ years) and Salem,
OR (5 years), both of which doubled in size during my tenure.
I also spent several years as a community minister, coaching individuals
and groups as they navigated times of transition.
I have been an active Unitarian Universalist for over 40 years, with leadership involvement at congregational, district, and denominational levels.
How Do We "Do" Transition Ministry?
I believe there is no single "right way" to
engage in transition, any more than
there is a single "right way" to be together
as a religious community. Experience shows
that giving energy to several specific focus
areas makes congregations more likely to
enter their next called ministry in a strong
and healthy position.
And at the same time, every congregation is
in many ways unique -- and how those focus
areas are addressed in each particular context makes for rich
conversation among lay leaders and with the interim minister.
Even -- perhaps especially -- in transition times, your congregation's
joys, sorrows, challenges, and playfulness continue. You need and
deserve to have your interim minister combine organizational competence
and preaching skills with personal caring and commitment. This is the
blend that I bring to interim ministry, as I enter a congregation with an
open heart, ready to connect in a shared ministry of transition.