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Navigating Pastoral Transitions

Posted on 29 October 2014 Gavin Glenn

A Parish Leader's Guide

A Change in pastors can be one of the most difficult times in parish life. Navigating Pastoral Transitions: A Parish Leader’s Guide helps make the transition smooth and successful. By helping parish leaders understand their unique role in managing change, this guide enables communities to turn crisis into opportunity.

This resource walks parish leaders through a detailed Pastor Transition Timeline that includes vigils, liturgies, and rituals for saying goodbye to the current pastor and welcoming the new one. You will also find solutions for common concerns and a welcoming orientation process.

This invaluable guide should be part of every pastor transition. The practical tips and guidelines in this book will help to ensure the parish continues to thrive under new leadership.

 

A Priest's Guide

Being sent a pastor to a new parish can be one of the most challenging parts of ordained ministry. Whether it is your first pastorate or your third, the move can be stressful. And you – the new pastor – have perhaps the most influence in creating a smooth transition process.

Navigating Pastoral Transitions: A Priest’s Guide gives you a proven, practical process to getting off to a great start. This guide helps you explore the psychological pressures and the moments of spiritual growth in the transition process. It also gives you invaluable suggestions for working with your predecessor and managing staff and parishioner expectations.

Navigating Pastoral Transitions: A Priest’s Guide will help you make a successful transition into your new parish.

 

A Staff Guide

As a parish staff member, you have a unique leadership role when there is a change in pastors. In that transitional time when the current pastor hasn’t quite left and the new pastor hasn’t quite arrived, you are an anchor that the rest of the parish turns to for guidance.

Navigating Pastoral Transitions: A Staff Guide show you, step-by-step, how to navigate this stressful moment in parish life. A detailed Pastor Transition Timeline as well as solid, field-tested advice, gives you the tools you need for a smooth transition process. Discover how to use this time of transition to lead the parish to deeper faith and spiritual growth. Help the parishioners and the pastor move together into this new stage of parish life.

 

 

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