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Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
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Policy on Retiring & Departing Clergy
Policies for change of clergy leadership


At any given time, a diocese of the size of the Diocese of Southern Virginia has several congregations undergoing a transition in clergy leadership.  Often, leaders ask about policy or best practices when a change of clergy leadership is unfolding, and for good reason.

Effective navigation of the transition when clergy retire or depart from a congregation is essential.  The health of the congregation as well as that of the departing clergy is dependent upon the care with which the transition is managed. So is the successful ministry of incoming clergy.

Policy on Retiring & Departing Clergy, effective January 1, 2020

As stated in the policy, the Bishop and the Canon to the Bishop are available to provide resources, support, and guidance to help both clergy and congregations navigate the journey of transition in ways that will ensure the future health of the parish.  We are ready to assist whenever it would be helpful.

Last Published: January 2, 2020 1:23 PM