Intro to the Transitional Model

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An Introduction to Transitional Ministry A Resource for Churches in Transition © Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry Consulting 2011

The Big Idea Seasons of transition are windows of opportunity for churches to experience spiritual renewal, increased health, focused vision and mission prior to engaging in the pastoral search. © Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry Consulting 2011

A Vision for Churches in Transition • To help churches thrive through transition by providing leadership, resources and support. • To hire a Lead Pastor from a posture of health with clarity of vision and mission. © Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry Consulting 2011

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 Spirit’s guidance. © Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry Consulting 2011

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

Major Phases of Transition • 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 © Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry Consulting 2011 Ongoing Prayer & Ministry

Not necessarily a step-by-step process Transitional Leadership Ministry Exit of Previous Pastor Closure Entrance of New Pastor Assess Search Pastoral Care Vision Renewal Pastoral Preaching Relational Renewal Structural Renewal Pastoral Admin

7 Guiding Questions • Who were we? • Who are we now? • How do we interface with culture? • What is our context? • What is the Lead Pastor’s role in Vision? • Who do we hope to become? • What kind of leader do we need? © Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry Consulting 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ultimate Objective To 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 Spirit’s guidance. © Pathways Forward Transitional Ministry Consulting 2011

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