A Hybrid Pastoral Transition Model


When starting a new pastoral position, your goal is to share your ministry ideas, without saying that they’re your ministry ideas.

In ministry, things typically take a long time.

  • If you accept this, then you must identify as early as possible who in your congregation has had similar ideas in their own mind.

There is no other time like a pastoral transition when you have momentum and “congregational capital” supporting you.

  • To only want to slip in, become accepted and established as a pastor, is a sure-fire recipe for the ministry going nowhere.

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The Usual Way

Typically, the denomination (as well as centuries of pastoral practice) will tell you to establish leadership in five areas:

  • Sundays (like, worship, etc.)
  • Programs
  • People
  • Money (both regular and crises)
  • Meetings

If you do this, one (or a combo) of two things will happen:

  • Either people love you because you accept what they do and try to improve upon it, or…
  • People opposite of love you because you want to change everything and it throw poo-poo on their discipleship

Either way, the ministry context of the past remains and any new ideas of ministry cannot take hold.

  • Besides (and foundational to) these five areas are the ACTUALLY important components of ministry where your leadership must take hold.


The Core

Here they are:

  1. Myths – The stories that the congregation implicitly tells about itself that defines their identity.
  2. History – Their interpretation of where they have come from and the meaning of it today.
  3. Norms – Accepted and expected behavior as a congregation, in terms of decision-making, discipleship, and interaction with the greater community.
  4. Ideas – Their thoughts on the future and what could possibly be in store for them.
  5. Relationships – The social and political bonds of a congregation that usually become visible during public meetings.

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