Information to give to the new minister

The minister will need help acclimating to the new church environment. The following information will allow the minister to get off to the fastest possible start.

  • Most recent church directory
  • Staff list and position descriptions
  • Pastoral care list
    • Homebound
    • Critically ill
    • Anniversaries of deaths
  •  Policies
    • Personnel manual
    • Child protection policy
    • Clergy sexual abuse policy
  • Locations of essential church information
    • Blueprints
    • Deed
    • Vendor list (e.g., exterminator, plumber, electrician)
    • Insurance policy and contact information for agent
    • Attorney contact information
  • Church calendar
  • Budget for the past three years
  • Annual reports for the past three years
  • Constitution and by-laws
  • Committee information
    • Chair
    • Chair’s contact information
    • Meeting schedule and location
    • Any additional information that is available, such as recent meeting notes or description of the committee’s purpose
  • Special events and traditions
    • When they occur
    • Contact person
    • Any additional information that is available, such as the history of the event or tradition
  • Locations of hospitals and other key places
  • Names and contact information for partner churches and organizations
  • Judicatory calendar
  • Notes left by previous or interim minister (if applicable)