Pastoral Transitions 2023– Leaving Well/Starting Well
Congratulations on your new appointment. We are excited to come alongside you as you transition.
If you have questions or concerns about the process, please contact Rev. Dr. Michelle Holmes Chaney at MichelleChaney@vaumc.org.
The District offers multiple training sessions to help Clergy and SPRC members through the transition process. Be sure to refer to the Decision Tree and Explanation of Process above as well as emails from Michelle Holmes Chaney, Director of Leadership and Church Vitality, so that you are sure to register for all the pieces relevant to your particular transition.
Use the buttons below or the red links above to find the registration forms. Registration IS required for each of these pieces.
SAVE THESE DATES:
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.
Transitions in a Pandemic
The Lewis Center for Church Leadership offers a “The Right Start in the Era of COVID-19” guide.
- Hey! Anybody Listening?!?! (aka Pastoral Transitions 2020)
- The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting — COVID-19 Supplement
- Letting Go of This Pastor and Preparing for the Next
- The Right Start: Pastor’s Version