St. Paul's Episcopal Church Monroe, NC
St. Paul's Episcopal ChurchMonroe, NC

The Episcopal Diocese Of North Carolina Three Transition Styles

"Traditional" Transition

  • Designed for use when replacing a long serving Rector
  • Helps congregation envision new future, vision, and direction
  • Call a trained full time Interim Rector to lead the congregation for 12 months
  • Five interim tasks explored and addressed in consultation with vestry and bishop
  • Vestry appoints and empowers a Search Committee
  • Full OTM portfolio prepared by Search Committee and approved by vestry
  • Search committee interviews candidates and recommends one to vestry
  • Vestry calls, with approval of Bishop, who installs the Rector

Targeted Transition

  • Designed for use when departing Rector or Vicar has been in place less than 8 years
  • Helpful when congregation already has clear vision, mission and direction, and stable budget
  • Call full time interim for 6-9 months
  • Full OTM completed by Vestry
  • Bishop presents short list of pre-interviewed candidates
  • Vestry interviews all short listed candidates
  • Vestry calls Rector or Vicar, the Bishop installs

Rector Time Certain Transition

  • Designed for congregations where an interim period would be detrimental to life of parish
  • Helpful when the congregation needs stability and a rapid transition
  • The Bishop sends one candidate to the vestry
  • Vestry interviews and calls Rector
  • If no call, the Bishop sends another candidate
  • Rector Time Certain is Rector in all but tenure
  • Signs three (or four) year contract
  • Just before the start of the final year of the contract, the vestry may ask the Bishop to grant tenure to the Rector or the final year can allow for priest and congregation each to transition
  • In that case, the Congregation conducts a traditional transition with the RTC serving as interim while searching for another cure






8:00 a.m.: Holy Eucharist

9:30 a.m.-10:15: Christian Formation (Sept-May)

10:30 a.m.: Holy Eucharist

3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Centering Prayer (Nave)


8:00 a.m.: Morning Prayer followed by Centering Prayer (with Holy Communion on Feast Days)


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