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Transition Updates

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process please email the team at

Nelson and Tansley United churches amalgamated in 2017. As part of the deliberations that later led to the amalgamation of St Stephen and Tansley United churches (2019) the Council/Board of each church agreed that in order for the newly formed congregation/community of faith to best discover its identity and mission and determine its direction, the leadership of an Intentional Interim Minister (IIM) would be needed.

 Rev. Helen Prior (IIM) began her 23 month appointment (August 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021 inclusive) with the congregation in August 2019.

As required by the United Church of Canada (UCC) whenever a congregation is served by an IIM, a Transition Team (TT) was formed. The TT began its work in August 2019. The Team is made up of seven members elected by the congregation (Robert Chatterton, Linda Draddy, Sharyn Georgas, Stacy Goodale, Barb McKeown, Chisanga Puta-Chekwe and Sue Stephen), two representatives of Regional Council (Rev. Charlie Hogg and Mel Matthias) and Rev. Helen. It is the role of the TT to work with Rev. Helen to help guide the work of the community of faith through the period of intentional ministry. We welcome your questions, comments or concerns. Please submit to the email above.

The TT does not have authority to make decisions on behalf of the community of faith but regularly liaises and collaborates with the Board, and, communicates and consults with the community of faith and the Regional Council (RC).

In September 2019 5 Goals were established by the TT. The TT reported progress on the goals during the March 8, 2020 Congregational Meeting and will continue to give updates on a regular and ongoing basis.

5 Transition Team Goals

  1. Develop a shared vision and mission, including a new name.
  2. Build an inclusive and diverse church that reflects our community at large
  3. Engage the church in reviewing structures, programs and relationships
  4. Develop stewardship awareness
  5. Prepare the congregation to call and welcome the new minister

June 18, 2020