Moving on in ministry
Making the decision to move on from one ministry setting to another can be daunting. The possibility of transition raises questions about the direction of God’s calling alongside concerns about practical matters to do with housing and family. If you are a minister considering a move, the first person you should contact is your Regional Minister. They will be able to explore your thinking with you as well as help you through the process of seeking a new ministry setting.
Some new ministry settings expect the minister to apply directly. A number of churches recruit ministers in this manner and almost all chaplaincy posts are filled in this way. But it is more common for ministers who are accredited or nationally recognised to offer themselves to the churches through the ‘settlement process’. This is overseen by the National Settlement Team (NST) and more details can be found on the NST page.
If you are a minister who is thinking or moving on, or a church seeking new or additional ministry, you may be helped by the following resources:
The latest version of the BUGB recommended Terms of Appointment are available to download for full-time and part-time appointments.
Facing a Pastoral Vacancy is a booklet that guides churches approaching the season after a minister has left. It contains details of the process and suggestions for writing a church profile.
Guidelines for churches and ministers regarding manses and accommodation may also be downloaded.
If you have any questions about moving on in ministry or about finding a minister, please contact your Regional Minister.