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? Exactly!Redevelopment, 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! The movement today is in the direction of more and more churches calling transitional pastors to serve between their long-term pastors.Even a healthy church can benefit from the opportunity to grieve their former pastor, take a good look at its strengths and weaknesses, re-examine its strategic plan,and make some improvements before making a long-term commitment to a new pastor.
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The lifestyle and demands of each particular vocation is very different but there are some similarities between them. But a vocation is more than an ordinary call. A vocation is the work that someone is called to do as a job. For someone who has chosen a single life, even though they have not formally taken the three vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, yet they make a personal commitment to put their freedom at the service of others in their work and prayer. According to this simple exposition, it seems clear that each good action of ours pleases God, that moreover He specially desires to see us perform certain actions, but that negligences and omissions in either sphere do not generally cause a permanent divergence from our right path. It was an enlightening experience to spend time in prayer and dialogue with the communities I was matched with! It remains therefore for the man who has laid himself under such an obligation to accommodate himself to the state in which God, Who will give him the help of His grace, now wishes him to persevere. redirected hereTo invoke is to call on for aid or protection. Ignatius. List of the Week: Learn Latin Roots!