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The Transition Workshop for Clergy is an annual event for clergy and congregations experiencing a change in appointments.





2017 Pastors in Transition Workshop

The 2017 Workshop for Full-Time Local Pastors and Elders receiving a new appointment will be May 15.




Arkansas Conference Pastor’s Transition Packet

Download these resources from the Cabinet:

2016 Parsonage Change Reminders

2016 Parsonage Damage Report

Bishop’s Mission Plan and Next Steps 

I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form (If not already on file for the pastor)


Lewis Center Ministry Transition Resources

The Lewis Center for Church Leadership, located at the Wesley Theological Seminary campus, provides a plethora of tools for clergy and congregations experiencing a change in clergy leadership.

50 Ways to Improve Pastoral Transitions PDF

50 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor PDF

Suggestions for Churches with a Young Pastor PDF

Suggestions for Churches with a Single Pastor PDF

Suggestions for Churches with a Clergywoman PDF

Ministry Transition Resources & Books

Book Resource: Your Best Move by Bob Kaylor

The announcement has just been made: the pastor is moving! Whether you are the pastor making the move or part of a congregation receiving a new pastor, transition is a time full of both anticipation and anxiety. Your Best Move: Effective Leadership Transition for the Local Church is designed to help pastors and congregations develop an intentional transition plan for those first critical months of ministry together. The key transition tasks outlined in this book will help you create momentum and move the focus of pastor and parishioners toward a great future together for the work of God’s Kingdom. Dr. Bob Kaylor is Lead Pastor of Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church in Monument, Colorado, and the Senior Writer for the preaching journal Homiletics. He leads workshops on clergy transitions and preaching.



Book Resource: The Changeover Zone: Successful Pastoral Transitions by Jim Ozier and Jim Griffith

The Changeover Zone addresses a critical and perennial need in the church: the process of handing the baton of pastoral leadership from one person to the next. Authors Jim Ozier and Jim Griffith offer practical, clear instructions and guidance for both clergy and congregations. They provide detailed sections especially for clergy who are taking over from a founding pastor and for those replacing long-tenured pastors. The book is packed with real-church examples, helpful tips and tactics that have been proven successful. This resource will expertly guide pastors, supervisors, and congregations in nearly any church setting or denomination.  


Webinar Resource: Leadership Transition – Pastoral and Key Leadership Changes by Jacqui King, Director of Leadership for Congregational Vitality, Discipleship Ministries

DATE RECORDED: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 DURATION: 50 min PRESENTER: Jacqui King, Director of Leadership for Congregational Vitality

When leadership change happens, both laity and clergy must be prepared to manage the transition process. As the SPRC chairperson, you are preparing to share the news of a pastoral change.  At the same time, the pastor and church council chairperson may be identifying new leaders to help move the church forward while they are developing people to complete unexpired terms. This webinar will help all leaders gain insights about praying for the pastor, leaders and the congregation as they transition into a new leadership season.  This webinar will also help participants develop ministry actions plans and identify dates when the congregation can bid farewell and embrace new leadership in healthy ways.


Book Resource: Making a Good Move: Opening the Door to a Successful Pastorate by Michael J. Coyner.

Though the early months and years of a new pastorate can be stressful and difficult, they can also be particularly fruitful. These new beginnings can be among the most rewarding times of a pastor’s career, especially if the minister seizes opportunities for establishing and strengthening relationships with church members and plans carefully for the transition out of the initial “honeymoon” period. Drawing on years of experience as a pastor of local congregations as well as extensive work supervising pastors, Coyner provides solid, sensible guidance on making a good move into a successful ministry.


ePub Book Resource: A Change of Pastors … and How it Affects Change in the Congregation by Loren Mead.

Twenty years after Critical Moment of Ministry was first published, Loren Mead returns to his groundbreaking work on one of the most important times in a congregation s life the time between one pastor s leaving and another s arrival. In this revised edition, A Change of Pastors, Mead shares the wisdom he gained from 35 years of studying congregations, wisdom that he hopes will allow congregations to take full advantage of this extraordinarily pregnant moment during which incredible congregational change can happen.




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