Ministry Transitions


Dr. John Cionca was a critical part of the transitional leadership plan during our Lead Pastor’s medical leave of absence. John’s deep understanding and experience with large, complex ministry systems was instrumental in assisting our pastoral staff with both day-to-day and long-range operations at the church. His consultation and coaching for ministry teams, executive staff and the church overseer team, helped us define the path and resources we needed to successfully navigate a surprising and challenging time in our church’s story. Furthermore, his role as our interim speaking pastor during that time provided continuity and high-quality teaching for our congregation. Dr. Cionca was a tremendous blessing to Jacob’s Well, we are very thankful for his shepherd’s heart, great teaching and experienced pastoral leadership.

       Jason Pecor, Overseer Team, Jacob’s Well, Eau Claire, WI

As our interim pastor, John was invaluable to Edinbrook Church during our time of transition. He was instrumental in advising the church board and staff on day-to-day issues. We were able to maintain attendance and giving during our search for a new pastor and John’s Sunday messages and leadership were critical during our season of change. His willingness to advise me as the church chair was also very beneficial during the transition. John developed many lasting friendships at Edinbrook Church.

       Chuck Larson, Chairman, Edinbrook Church, Brooklyn Park, MN

John Cionca is a great resource for the church. I have worked with him as an interim pastor, a search consultant, teacher and coach. In all areas I have found experience, wisdom, compassion and a deep desire for the church to be effective and relevant in a changing culture. I highly recommend Ministry Transitions!

       Tiger McLuen, President, Youth Leadership, St. Paul, MN

When one meets John, you quickly realize you have made acquaintance with more than a ministry consultant.  You’ve made a new friend.  John combines with his extensive expertise in pastoral and church ministry an affable and winsome character, which results in a partnership for ministry that is powerful and synergistic. Of no small significance is John’s Spirit gifted ability to assess ministry/life settings and circumstances, synthesize the presenting needs with his knowledge, expertise and resources, and offer constructive coaching and feedback that both makes sense and works.  In other words, John is a possessor of godly wisdom – and he knows how to use it. I would enthusiastically commend John for your personal or organization ministry needs – be they for counseling, coaching or consulting.  His contribution to my ministry has made the world of difference.

       Jim Collins, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Kingsburg, Kingsburg, CA

John Cionca not only delivered what he promised, he delivered more. We have found his work to be on-point and very practical. Additionally, he did it within budget and on-time. He performed his services and presented his observations in a professional and gracious manner. The ultimate test would be if we would use him again -- the answer is a resounding 'yes.'

       Mr. Joe Colliani, Chairman, Ridgewood Church, Minnetonka, MN

I believe it was by God’s grace that we connected with Ministry Transitions and John Cionca. We had been under the leadership of one pastor for 19 years, so when faced with transition we had no idea what to do. John guided our church and the leadership in many ways. He helped us:
       • Lead the church as our Interim Pastor
       • Evaluate who we were and what God expected us to be
       • Profile the type of pastor we needed for the future
       • Find several solid candidates for pastor
       • Lead us through the interviewing and discerning process of calling a new pastor.
John was there for us every step of the process. His leadership and experience was an invaluable resource for our church. If I ever had to go through this again – John would be my first call.

       Michael Soper, Moderator Cornerstone Church, Crystal, MN

John Cionca has an established track record of helping churches find spiritual foundations, develop creative ministries, and overcome debilitating obstacles. He is adept at combining insight with clear guidance, and humor with serious prescriptions!

       Dr. Leland V. Eliason, Former Executive Vice President and Dean, Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN

John Cionca's leadership was invaluable to us as we embarked on a period of transition at Colonial Church. A masterful listener and leader, he smoothed our passage from one senior minister to the next. His experience with many varied congregations makes him a valuable resource for any church seeking growth and renewal.

       Carolyn Meyer, Moderator, Colonial Church of Edina, Edina, MN

John Cionca helped me to sort through my reasons and motives for change at a very important intersection of my life. He is a trusted friend and mentor to those desirous of navigating change with faith and confidence.

       The Rev. David Trautman, Westwood Church, Chanhassen, MN