Research - Navigating Your First Clergy Position

Choosing to Answer a Call: Do Transition into Ministry Programs Affect How Clergy Decide?

We found that clergy focused on the same types of issues when describing their first impressions of a church, whether they participated in a Transition into Ministry program or not.


Meeting a New Congregation: Clergy Look for Openness to Change and Friendliness to Outsiders

Pastors and priests described the traits they look for when assessing what it would be like to lead and minister to the people of a specific congregation.


First Impressions of a Church: New Clergy Focus on People First

When a pastor or priest first considers a call to a church, what stands out as important? The familiarity of the worship service? The grandeur of the architecture? The friendliness of the people?