The Clergy Transitions Service

The Clergy Transitions Service (CTS) provides free, confidential, personal support for Clergy who are at a vocational crossroad, or who are looking for a fresh opportunity.

The CTS caters for all backgrounds and traditions in the Church of England – from Clergy currently in parochial posts, sector ministry, new forms of church and mission agencies, as well as ordained people currently employed or engaged in contexts other than the church. It is open to those currently serving in self-supporting posts, who are seeking a stipendiary role.

As well as practical help with developing a personal profile, job applications, and interview skills, the service can work with individuals to develop a deeper understanding of their strengths and talents. By encouraging participants to develop greater self-awareness, reflect on personal values and think prayerfully about context and culture CTS can support the process of transition.

The CTS opens access to a wide range of resources to support a lifelong, fulfilling service to the Church, including access to a network of practitioners inside and outside the Church.

“In many ways, working with the transitions service is a journey that is both enlightening and enriching. Being able to reflect on your current path really does ready you to embrace the right position when it comes along; so that you are confidently able to recognise that to which you may be called. It was the best thing that I could have done.”

Anonymous testimonial, May 2018
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“We all have vocations which can change over time. We also have different gifts and accumulated experience through our different types of work. Sometimes we are not even aware of what we have and how it can be used in different ways. This service will help clergy reflect on their work and think about the next stage of their ministry.”

Roger Preece, Archdeacon of St Helens and Warrington

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