Transition Resources

All clergy transition appointments and churches welcoming new appointments will be invited to attend a workshop to be scheduled this spring. Churches should send a team of 4-6 people that includes key leaders. The current pastor joins the team for the morning “Transition-Out” session and the incoming pastor joins the team for the afternoon “Transition-In” session.

How to Transition Into a New Ministry ft. Bishop John Schol

In this video, Bishop John Schol discusses how to Identify and understand expectations when transitioning into a new ministry. This video is from the 2017 Pastoral Transition Workshop of the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey.

Cabinet Protocol for Parsonage Cleaning during the COVID-19 Crisis:

In addition to the Parsonage Standards approved at the 2019 Annual Conference, the Cabinet has included additional COVID-19 protocols for cleaning parsonages upon a change of pastoral appointment:

Pastors shall leave the parsonage in a “broom clean” state which shall include cleaning and disinfecting counters, appliances and bathroom fixtures.

At the time of a move, the church is responsible for cleaning and preparing the parsonage for the new pastor and family. Out of an abundance of caution, all surfaces such as kitchen counters, appliances and cabinets, bathroom fixtures, and church owned furniture that has been used by the parsonage family during their time in the parsonage should be cleaned and disinfected even if done by the parsonage family. Other cleaning includes washing or dry-cleaning curtains and drapes, cleaning window blinds, shampooing carpets and/or washing floor coverings, washing windows, cleaning and disinfecting garbage cans, doorknobs, etc. Congregations and pastors are to follow the guidelines of the state and the CDC with regard to effective and proper cleaning procedures of parsonages at the time of a pastoral change. The most updated information for cleaning and disinfection is available on the CDC website at:

2022 Pastoral Transition Process Resouces