Transitional Ministry

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  • Copyright: 2009-06-01
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Transition is the word we use to describe the time following significant change. In congregations, that change might be the departure of the pastor, a catastrophe such as Hurricane Katrina or 9/11, or simply the changes caused by growth. Transition calls for clergy with special training to respond to the needs generated by the special time. "Task, training, and time limit" are the hallmarks of transitional ministry. Trained intentional interim clergy must have the skill and experience to lead congregations during transition. However, transitional or interim ministry has a bad reputation in some places. As one diocesan leader said, "We have never had a church in this diocese that was so bad off that an interim was needed." Indeed, there are some "sick" churches, but most congregations have some good things happening and some things that need attention. Intentional interim ministry can be medicine for the sick, but in most cases it is better compared to vitamins that are taken to promote health. This book seeks to clear up misconceptions about transitional ministry and present an accurate and up-todate picture of transitional ministry and to describe the various settings in which this specialized ministry can be helpful. Chapter authors, all expert in transitional ministry in mainline Protestant denominations, include: Robert Friedrich, John Keydel, George Martin, Loren Mead, Barry Miller, Nancy Miller, Ineke Mitchell, Ken Ornell, Molly Dale Smith, and Rob Voyle.

Author Biography

Molly Dale Smith is a trained interim specialist and president of Transitional Ministries in the Episcopal Church (TMEC) and presidentelect of the National Network of Episcopal Clergy Associations. She has served churches in the dioceses of West Missouri, Newark, Florida, New Jersey, and New York. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Foreword: How did it all get started?p. v
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Questions about Transitional Ministry
What is transitional ministry?p. 2
What do we do first?p. 16
What does an interim pastor do?p. 29
Why have a letter of agreement?p. 39
Why can't things stay the same?p. 49
Why we fightp. 64
What is the appreciative inquiry approach to transition?p. 77
How can we make plans now?p. 91
Stories of Transitional Ministry
When the environment changes, church changesp. 113
A story of intentional interim work in the United Church of Christp. 124
Being an "after pastor"p. 133
The best-kept secret in the Lutheran Churchp. 148
Resourcesp. 165
Approximating Equating Terminologyp. 166
Ministry Transition Process Overview Chartp. 168
Training for Transitional Ministryp. 170
Annotated Bibliographyp. 172
A Sermon on Transition (John 21:1-4)p. 185
Websitesp. 189
About the Contributorsp. 193
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