Pastoral Transitions 2023– Leaving Well/Starting Well

Congratulations on your new appointment. We are excited to come alongside you as you transition.

Please use the decision tree to determine the steps on your Clergy Transition path. Find more information about the Transitions process here.

If you have questions or concerns about the process, please contact Rev. Dr. Michelle Holmes Chaney at



Transitions Workshop:
April 29 (in-person) 

Saturday, April 29, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with an option for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Old Bridge UMC (3966 Old Bridge Rd, Lake Ridge, VA 22192)

This workshop is designed for all incoming and outgoing pastors, and the respective SPRC chairs.  The 2-hour workshop is structured to allow time for the clergy and SPRC chairs to meet, hear and discuss pertinent information to ensure that all pastors in the Northern Virginia District leave well and are welcomed well.

New Clergy Orientation:
July 6 from 9:30-12 (in-person)

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Vale UMC (11528 Vale Rd, Oakton, VA 22124)

This orientation is an introduction to the Northern Virginia district. At this three-hour training we will go over important information and expectations about your new district; provide information about upcoming events, meetings, training, and peer learning groups; and provide you with demographic information and training about the community surrounding your new church home.

2023 Clergy Appointment Process

Bishop Sue shares in a video message about the spiritual process of making clergy appointments. Learn more about the process for the Virginia Conference in 2023.

Navigating Clergy Transitions Handbooks