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Transition Ministries

The primary shepherd of all Transition Ministry activities is the Bishop. When there is no Rector or Priest-In-Charge, the Bishop exercises oversight in collaboration with the Vestry in the administration of the congregation. Additionally, the Bishop oversees, in a general way, all of the activities of Transition Ministry, and gives or withholds consent to the calling of new parish clergy.


Day-to-day support and guidance for congregations in transition is provided by the Canon to the Ordinary (CTO). The CTO is the primary contact for questions, support, and training regarding search processes, letters of agreement, interviews and visits with candidates, election/selection processes, and any other transition activities. The CTO also assists clergy discerning the call to suitable ministry positions.


Work begins when an opening is announced and comes to completion when the new ministry has been sealed by Letter of Agreement and celebrated by congregation, clergy and bishop.


Clergy interested in a position within the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina are invited to have a conversation with The Rev. Canon Augusta Anderson, Canon to the Ordinary.


Helpful Notes to Interested Clergy:

If you would like to be considered for one of our parishes in transition, please email a copy of your résumé, your current updated OTM profile and a cover letter expressing your interest to the Canon to the Ordinary’s Office

All names of interested candidates are initially received and screened through the office of the Canon to the Ordinary. Unless otherwise instructed by the Canon’s Office, please do not directly contact congregations that are in transition. All applicants must contact the Canon to the Ordinary’s Office.

This Diocese is committed to doing all it can to recruit the best qualified priests. We seek creative clergy of wide vision and diverse backgrounds who are not only excellent matches with a particular parish who also desire to participate in the life and work of our diocese.


Likewise, the Diocese affirms equal opportunity employment. We do not discriminate against clergy applicants on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Transition Ministry Resources:

Positions Available:

Parishes seeking a Full-Time Rector/Priest-in-Charge (PIC)

​None at this time. 

Parishes seeking a Part-Time Regular Seasonal Vicar

​• Church of the Resurrection, Little Switzerland

Parishes seeking a Part-Time Rector/Priest-in-Charge (PIC)

• Christ Church, Sparta

Assistant Positions

​None available at the moment.

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