There have always been pastors and churches in transition, regardless of which appointment system was in operation at the time. In 1993 The Free Methodist Church in Canada moved from the Bishop/Ministerial Appointment Committee (MAC) appointments system to the current process whereby the local church in transition develops a church profile and pastor’s job description and works through a board-approved Pastoral Leadership Task Force (PLTF) in consultation with the Director of Personnel to hire a pastor who is a good fit for the local church. After receiving resumes, interviews and selecting a pastor, the PLTF chairperson sends a request to the Bishop for that pastor to be appointed by the conference, and in turn the Bishop presents that recommendation to the Ministerial Education Guidance and Placement (MEGaP) committee for approval, after which the selected pastor is appointed.
At some point in their ministry career, pastors will find themselves in transition, whether it is between pastoral appointments at local churches, going into transition without a new pastoral position or transitioning to retirement. The Transitions Handbook for Pastors is designed to be a helpful resource during the process.
|CHURCHES IN TRANSITION-PROFILES AVAILABLE:|
|(Contact Susan DePlanché at the Personnel Office to request a church profile)
|SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO?|
|How to discern whether it is time to leave your current pastoral appointment.
[Note: Just because you ask the question does not mean you will leave your current appointment.] download PDF file download WORD file
|When It’s Time to Leave, by Gordon MacDonald|
|TRANSITIONS HANDBOOK FOR PASTORS download PDF download WORD file|
|Other resources for Pastors in Transition:|
|Fact Sheet for Pastors in Transition (FMCiC)|
|The Right Start: Beginning Ministry In A New Setting (Saint Paul School of Theology / Wesley Theological Seminary)|
|Ten Commandments for Pastors, by Lawrence Farris|
|How To Leave a Pastorate, by Fred McGehee|
|Leaving Well (If You’re Going to Go, Go!) by Israel Galindo|
|Letting Go: Setting Boundaries In Retirement and Former Parishes, by L. Ronald Brushwhyler|
|Managing Transitions by Rev. Cam Taylor|
|TRANSITIONS HANDBOOK FOR CHURCHES|
|Section One – First Steps in the Process||Section 1-First Steps (pdf)||Section 1-First Steps (Word)|
|Section Two – Developing the Profile||Section 2-Developing the Profile (pdf)||Section 2-Developing the Profile (Word)|
|Section Three – Seeking Candidates||Section 3-Seeking Candidates (pdf)||Section 3-Seeking Candidates (Word)|
|Section Four – The Interviewing Process||Section 4-The Interview Process (pdf)||Section 4-The Interview Process (Word)|
|Section Five – Conclusion||Section 5-Conclusion (pdf)||Section 5-Conclusion (Word)|
|Complete Church Transition Handbook||Church Transitions Handbook (pdf)||Church Transitions Handbook (Word)|
Your local church is declared “in transition” and a Pastoral Leadership Task Force (PLTF) has been appointed by the Board. The PLTF will have the responsibility of working with the Directors of Church Health and Personnel along with the Ministerial Education Guidance and Placement (MEGaP) committee of the conference in a search for the person who will give lead pastoral leadership to the next stage of your local church’s development. This is an important responsibility and involves many hours of dedicated committee work, prayer, communication and interviewing. At the end of the process, the PLTF will recommend a person for the Bishop to introduce to the MEGaP committee. The Transitions Handbook for Churches is designed to help in the process.
Susan DePlanché, Personnel Office
Telephone: 289-362-1555 Fax: 905-848-2603