Ministerial Transitions


The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Ministerial Transitions team believes that ministers and churches thrive together. As ministers seek vocational calls and churches search for ministers, CBF Ministerial Transitions invites the Fellowship’s network into collaborative work with God’s Spirit guiding these calls. By equipping search teams with resources, leveraging technology, and facilitating conversations across CBF’s state and regional organizations and with partners, CBF Ministerial Transitions supports the transformative work of churches and clergy as they pursue their God-given mission.

Engaging CBF Ministerial Transitions

CBF Ministerial Transitions invites ministers and search teams entering the search and call process to schedule a conversation with Director of Ministerial Transitions Jay Kieve (schedule conversation here). During this chat searchers and ministers may share their hopes for the next ministerial call and will learn in detail how CBF supports ministerial transitions.

Leveraging Technology

CBF Ministerial Transitions invites churches seeking ministers and ministers seeking a place of service to create a search profile with CBF’s LeaderConnect matching system. Based on user submitted profile information, the software suggests which calls may align with enrolled ministers. Far from a “placement service,” LeaderConnect equips ministers and search teams with a head start as they engage their own, and the larger CBF, network.


Equipping Search Teams

CBF Ministerial Transitions equips search teams with resources to help organize and maximize the effectiveness of their work. The simple, short documents below offer suggestions for prayer practices, communication planning, and other search tasks. We invite searchers to access these resources then follow-up with questions, or for context-specific consultation, with Director of Ministerial Transitions Jay Kieve or your state and regional leaders.

Search Team Resources

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Ministerial Transition Process

An infographic that details the Ministerial Transition process.
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Communication Planning for Search Teams

Tips for Search Teams as they communicate with candidates and the congregation.
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Does our Church Need an Interim Minister?

What should Search Teams consider as they explore an Interim Minister for their congregation?
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Basics of Clergy Pay

A helpful overview of clergy compensation and benefits for Search Teams.
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Considering Less Traditional Candidates

What should Search Teams think about when considering less traditional candidates?
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Prayer Ideas for Search Teams

Prayer is a critical facet of a Search Teams work. Explore these creative ideas for incorporating prayer into the search process.
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Information shared in the ministerial transitions process will be used to communicate with you about your ministerial search. CBF may also use the information to share resources, opportunities or partner events with you. CBF will not sell your information to 3rd parties. You may opt out of promotional communication by emailing