Each summer brings a number of transitions in the West Ohio Conference. Clergy are appointed to new congregations and, likewise, congregations receive new pastors. Moving brings forth many goodbyes for the pastors themselves, their families, and the churches they’ve served. But it also creates opportunities for each to start again. Isaiah 43:19 (CEB) speaks words to all those in transition: “Look! I’m doing a new thing; now it sprouts up; don’t you recognize it?” The transitioning process isn’t just up to the pastor. Leaders in churches also contribute to making a smooth transition process for the church and prepare the way for the newly appointed pastor to begin well. All transitions ought to be experienced with much prayer by all involved. They truly can be periods of time where seeds of new life are planted. The first several months of a new appointment often set the whole trajectory of one’s ministry in a new congregation.
Who: Clergy moving to a “new” appointment. Chairperson and/or representative of the Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee of those churches/ charges where a pastoral change is occurring.
What: Tips, Techniques and Forms for a Smooth Transition
Foothills District Superintendent Dennis Miller & Shawnee Valley Superintendents Calvin Alston & Brent Watson will lead the seminar using resources from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership – Wesley Theological Seminary.
Registration is required and are due by Friday, May 17, 2019.
Register online or contact Sherri Rogers at the Foothills District Office to register 888-868-1225 or srogers [at] wocumc.org (subject: The%20Right%20Start) .