Please pray the following Prayer for Transition of Clergy Leadership as part of your daily devotions:
"Almighty God, giver of every good gift, look graciously on your Church and so guide the minds of those who shall choose an Interim Priest and a Vicar for this congregation that we may receive a faithful pastor who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen"
STAGES OF TRANSITION
Last week we looked at Loss and Preparation. This week takes us to The Search and Call & Start.
Stage 3: The Search
Issue: Find the right person to lead for the future.
Emotional Content: Anticipation & Excitement
Leadership Task: Find the best leader with the right skills for mission shaped future.
Danger: Rebound or clone selection
To Do: Interview Training
Stage 4: Call & Start
Emotional content: Enthusiasm and euphoria
Leadership Task: Welcome and establish working relationship
Danger: The Messiah has come
To Do: Celebration of a New Ministry
Obviously we are not at stages 3 and 4 yet but, it does give us awareness of what is to come…next week, stages 5 and 6 for Adjustment and Re-Visioning.
Laugh for the Day
A person speaking at a Pastoral Search Committee Meeting:
“Basically, we’re looking for an innovative pastor with a fresh vision who will inspire our church to remain exactly the same!”
Peg Nelson, Bishop’s Warden