Minister Transition RESOURCES


In the life development of every church, one of the most critical dynamics is the change in ministerial leadership, and many churches find themselves unequipped to manage the ministerial transition effectively. The Siburt Institute offers several resources designed to help congregations and ministers navigate this complex process.  

Minister Transition Packet

This packet includes suggestions for managing the transition and search processes, interview tips, sample job descriptions, candidate assessment tools, compensation negotiation resources, and more. The table of contents shows more detail regarding what is included. While some of the packet’s resources specifically target preaching minister searches, much of the content applies more broadly to any type of minister transition. Originally compiled by Dr. Charles Siburt, this packet was revised in 2015 by the Siburt Institute staff. The 80-page packet costs $30 for a PDF file sent via email, and it can be ordered here.

Youth Minister Transition Packet

Additionally, Robert Oglesby, Director of the Center for Youth and Family Ministry, has compiled this transition packet specifically for churches searching for a youth minister, children's minister, or worship minister. The Youth Minister Transition Packet includes such things as a bank of questions for youth ministers, samples of job descriptions, advertising pieces that describe the vision for youth ministry. For more information or to order one, please email Robert.

Ministers Looking Packet

This resource features materials for ministers who are preparing for a transition to a new congregation or ministry context. The Ministers Looking Packet focuses primarily on the interview process and compensation negotiation.

Welcoming a New Minister

After completing the process of searching for and hiring a new minister, there is still much that a congregation can do to prepare for their new minister’s arrival. Welcoming Your New Minister is a document that offers some suggestions.