Intro to transitional ministry

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<p> 1. Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry Consulting 2011, 2014 A Resource for Churches in Transition 2. The Big Idea Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry Consulting 2011 Seasons of transition are windows of opportunity for churches to experience spiritual renewal, increased health, and focused vision and mission prior to engaging in the pastoral search. 3. A Vision for Churches in TransitionA Vision for Churches in Transition To help churches thrive in transition by providing leadership, resources, and support. To call a lead pastor from a posture of greater health with clarity of values, vision, and mission. Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry Consulting 2011 4. The Ultimate ObjectiveThe Ultimate Objective To welcome a new Lead Pastor To a healthy church that has experienced renewal spiritually, relationally, organizationally, operationally Who has been hired through a thoughtful and collaborative search process in dependence on the Holy Spirits guidance Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry Consulting 2011 5. The Ultimate Objective To welcome a new Lead Pastor . . . . To a healthy church that has experienced renewal spiritually, relationally, organizationally and operationally. Who has been hired through a thoughtful, collaborative search process in dependence on the Holy Spirits guidance. Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry Consulting 2011 6. Important Features Transitional leaders help the church have the time, guidance and support needed to address key issues while continuing on in ministry. Transitional Pastor or Coach is never a candidate. The congregation understands and collaborates with a Transitional approach. The role of the Lead Pastor in Vision/Mission is made clear prior to search. Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry Consulting 2011 7. Major Phases of Transition Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry Consulting 2011 Regaining Stability Assessment of Church Health Developing a Transitional Plan Preparing for the Pastoral Search Conducting the Pastoral Search Hiring a Lead Pastor Evaluation of the process Ongoing Prayer &amp; Ministry 8. Not necessarily a step-by-step process Vision Renewal Structural Renewal Relational Renewal Pastoral Preaching Transitional Leadership Ministry Exit of Previous Pastor Search Entrance of New Pastor Pastoral Admin Pastoral Care Closure Assess 9. 7 Guiding Questions Who were we? Who are we now? How do we interface with culture? What is our context? What is the Lead Pastors role in Vision? Who do we hope to become? What kind of leader do we need? Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry Consulting 2011 10. A New Paradigm A Health-Based approach Transition as a season of growth and renewal Transition as an opportunity for meaningful change Transitional Leaders trained as specialists Engaging in a thoughtful pastoral search from a place of health and clarity of mission and vision Providing support to avoid Board and staff burn out Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry Consulting 2011 11. The Traditional Interim Paradigm Tends to be a maintenance approach: Pastoral care and rites of passage Pulpit supply Some short term administration Usually not involved in governance matters Not engaged in the search process Sometimes became a potential candidate Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry Consulting 2011 12. The Transitional Paradigm Transitional Pastoral Goals Relevant preaching/communication Facilitate congregational care/short-term administration Provide support for staff, church board and key leaders Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry Consulting 2011 13. The Transitional Paradigm Transitional Leadership Goals Healthy closure to the past Spiritual, Relational, Organizational and Operational renewal Clarity of Vision and Mission Thorough preparation for the search process An effective Lead Pastor search from a posture of health Helping the new Lead Pastor to start well Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry Consulting 2011 14. Transitional Leadership Models A Transitional Pastor provides on site pastoral leadership and leads the Transitional Process A Transitional Coach guides the church through the phases of Transition - works in combination with an Interim Lead Pastor who is supportive of the Transition Process Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry Consulting 2011 15. Important Features Search process does not proceed until agreed upon key indicators of health are achieved. Denominational co-operation encouraged. Usually a 6-18 month process. Stellar communication with the congregation. Build on areas of health within the church. Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry Consulting 2011 16. The Ultimate ObjectiveTo welcome a new Lead Pastor . . . . To a healthy church that has experienced renewal spiritually, relationally, organizationally. Who has been hired through a thoughtful, collaborative search process in dependence on the Holy Spirits guidance. Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry Consulting 2011 </p>