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Clergy Deployment / Transition Ministry

The diocesan Transition Ministry Office (formerly known as Clergy Deployment) coordinates the clergy transition process for congregations within the diocese, keeping in close contact with congreational leadership teams and final candidates for positions, and deploying human, financial and programmatic resources as needed. It oversees the administrative process for clergy entering or leaving work in the diocese, including oversight of the background check and clergy licensing processes, the production and retention of Covenant of Ministry documents, also known as Letters of Agreement, and the exit interview process for departing and retiring clergy.

This office also interfaces with the Episcopal Church and with transition ministers from Province I (the seven dioceses of New England) and around the country and beyond such that the diocese provides proper advocacy for clergy and congregations in search and communication with other dioceses seeking clergy. It coordinates with the Office for Ordained Vocations in order to assist candidates for ordination as they seek positions upon their ordinations.

Ntagengwa Jean Baptiste

On this page, you will find open clergy positions, recent calls and stages where churches are into their search process. For more information, please contact the Rev. Dr. Jean Baptiste Ntagengwa, Director of Transition Ministry, at 617-482-4826, ext. 400 or


Clergy are encouraged to send their applications directly to the contact person at the specific church (usually the search committee chair). Many profiles and contact information can be found on the congregations' Web sites.

Initiating the process

In self-study

Preparing profile

Other Clergy Positions

These are non-rector positions which require licensed clergy. Position, location and contact person are shown.

Town Parish FT/PT Name E-mail
Curate-Assistant-Associate Priest Brookline St. Paul's Part time The Rev. Jeffrey Mello
Head Chaplain Greenfield, NH BCH Camp & Conference Center Either Alessia Doss
Chaplain Boston Sherrill House Part time Human Resources

Clergy-optional Positions

The following positions may be of interest to clergy, although clerical status is not required.

No positions are currently open

Clergy Licensing Guidelines

In accordance with Episcopal Church canons, the Diocese of Massachusetts requires that all deacons (transitional or vocational) and priests wishing to officiate in this diocese must be licensed. This document contains revised guidelines for obtaining a license.

File Licensing Guidelines.pdf

Guide for Parishes in Transition

A guide to help congregations through the process of transition in clergy leadership.  Questions may be directed to the Rev. Dr. Jean Baptiste Ntagengwa, Director of Transition Ministry, at jbntagengwa [at] diomass [dot] org or by phone at 617-482-4826 ext. 400.

File Guide for Parishes in Transition 2013.pdf

Letters of Agreement

These Covenants of Ministry (Letters of Agreement), for use by congregations with newly called/appointed clergy, are customizable models that contain recommended provisions to strengthen the clergy-congregation relationship and clarify practical arrangements.

File Covenant of Ministry Model for Rector.doc
File Covenant of Ministry Model for Priest-in-Charge.doc
File Covenant of Ministry Model for Interim Priest.doc
File Covenant of Ministry Model for Interim Vicar.doc
File Covenant of Ministry Model for Curate or Assistant or Associate.doc