Each summer, many United Methodist clergy and their families move to a new ministry setting. At the same time, congregations say goodbye to their pastor and get ready to welcome a new pastor. Prayer is needed for everyone involved.
In the United Methodist Church, all clergy are appointed to their places of ministry by the bishop for one year (July 1-June 30). The majority are reappointed to the same church multiple times. A variety of factors are considered in making an appointment, including which gifts match which ministry setting. (Click here for more information about the appointment process.)
According to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, there are four stages of a pastoral transition. Such transitions can be a bit scary for the pastor and the congregation, but they allow for great new opportunities for both. To make for an effective and enjoyable transition, it’s important to embrace the journey and the changes that accompany it.
Below are a variety of excellent and free resources to help local churches and pastors as they make this transition—along with scriptures that relate to a time of transition. (If there are other resources you’ve found helpful, e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church