What is a transitional minister? Most of us are familiar with having an interim minister for a period of time followed by a settled minister. Transitional ministry is a little different. First the church council approved a Transitional Search committee of seven individuals who will review potential candidates and bring forth the candidate(s) they believe fits the criteria the church is looking for in a minister. Then the church family will have the opportunity to proceed with a “courtship” of the proposed minister. In a courtship, the goal is to spend time with the potential minister with the intent to have a settled pastor at the end of the 9 - 12 month time period. To have a courtship, we will need commitment from the congregation to help discern the direction that God is leading our church. This means we need YOU to be part of the “courtship”. We need you to be involved by being present. We want you to get to know the transitional minister and explore new opportunities together as a congregation. At the end of the transitional time period, the transitional minister, together with the congregation, will determine if we are going to enter into a settled ministry.