There’s a time and place for leaders to speak the words: “Don’t get your hopes up!”
I’ve heard doctors say those words. After my motorcycle accident, I asked my surgeon if I’d be able to run again in a few months. He said in so many words, “Don’t get your hopes up!”
I couldn’t believe he was so negative!
You find yourself talking to a board about how long their transition will be and they tell you that 3-6 months should be enough time. You carefully say to them, “Don’t get your hopes up!”
We’re cautioning people to avoid unrealistic expectations. We’re waving the caution flag and suggesting that in order to have a bright future during transition, you need to go through the valley of uncertainty and emotion to get to the other side.
Leadership during transition is about helping manage expectations and guide congregations...
The pastor is gone and is not coming back.
What is the best thing you can do for those who grieve the loss of their pastor?
No, no, and no.
What grieving people need is a companion to walk alongside them. It doesn’t need to be you, if you’re the transitional pastor, but it needs to be someone — someone equipped to know what to say, what not to say, and how to show up.
How we walk with people who are grieving matters. I’ve been learning to support grieving people in a way that has a track record of being very helpful - the term for it is companioning. How you and I show up with those who have experienced loss, whether it’s the loss of a pastor or the loss of a friend, makes a lasting difference.
One resource I’ve found very formative in learning how to walk with grieving people is the work of Dr....
There continues to be a need for more harvest hands needs in all areas of God's kingdom harvest work. That includes the need for more quality transitional pastors. Where do you fit into helping to meet that need?
What is the difference between intentional interim ministry and traditional interim ministry? When do you need to consider a more intentional approach during pastoral transition? This video outlines the two models and how they can be used in your church.
This is an invitation to further your professional development in transitional ministry / intentional interim ministry. Develop your skills as a transitional leader or pastor and find a community to support you with TLN's Advanced Training. Find out more here.
Is transitional ministry / intentional interim ministry for you? Or are you supporting churches in transition and need a more robust way to think about it? This training will give you all you need to start doing this work.
For more information on training dates and how to register, click here.
The transitional journey roadmap is a powerful diagram to help tie everything together as you think about dealing with transition. Whether in your own life or with a congregation in transition.