The transitional pastor issomewhat like a consultant, working hard to analyze the churchs strengths and weaknesses, but he or she takes more time for the process, guides the church through the rough waters of the pastoral transition, re-trains the board, staff and congregation in how to do church effectively, and serves as a coach to the long-term pastor search committee. Most of us dont designate a certain time period,as you suggest, but commit ourselves to staying until we quite literally pass abatonor shepherds staff to the new long-term pastor. My transitional pastorates have lasted from 13 to 35 months. When you say redevelopment, is that another way of saying or doing transformation, of taking a plateaued or declining congregation and showing them the way from surviving to striving to thriving? interview skills in hindiExactly!why not look hereRedevelopment, re-focusing, re-energizing, re-envisioning, reviving,re-bootingand restarting are all terms which have been used to describe the process. We start with diagnosing the situation and then move into a surgical stage during which needed changes are made, followed by a recovery stage, in which the church gets excited about the future, prepared for the growth which is going to come,and matched up with a great new long-term pastor. You writeabout the “new ways of using transitional pastorates to help healthy churches get ready for their future and to help unhealthy churches to get healthy.” And that you and yourwife “launched out into a life of redevelopment transitional pastoring.Why is this the first time I have heard of such a vocation? Is it just something Baptist? Its definitely not distinctly Baptist. The modern paradigms for interim or transitional ministry were systematized mostly by mainline denominational pastors associated with the Interim Ministers Network[imnedu.irg]and the Alban Institute. The father of modern day interimministry, LorenMead, isfamous for saying thetheinterim timeis a prime time for renewal.Leaders in many denominations have come to agree with Mead. The ministry which Im proud to work for is called Interim Pastor Ministries[interimpastors.com ].IPMserves a broad spectrum of Evangelical churches.Over the past twenty-five years it has transitioned from being a traditional or maintenance model interim pastor placement ministry to offering transitional pastors who have been screened and trained and who receive consistent coaching from experienced transitional pastors. What would make a unhealthy congregation admit that they need you (or those of your ilk)? In the not-too-distant past, the only churches which wanted transitional pastors were churches in crisis.When things get badenough, churchleaders are willing to turn to a specialist for help. Some call transitional pastors who go to significantly troubled churches interventionists. Four of the seven transitional pastorates Ive experienced have been interventionist situations.Each of them aged me about ten years!
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