Transitional Pastor Training Update
At the end of 2018, our champion, Gary Mathes who was spearheading our resources for the Transitional Pastor, was called serve as the Director of Missions for the Clay-Platte Baptist Association of churches. We’re excited for Gary and anticipate hiring a replacement champion by the fall of 2019.
Assuming the new champion gets up and running by then we should be able to begin scheduling Transitional Pastor Training events again in 2020. Until then, we have identified equivalent events in neighboring state Baptist conventions below. These events are available to you if you are interested in learning the art of being a transitional pastor. Please contact Bill Victor at ext. 338.
Transitional Pastor Trainings in Neighboring States
Transitional Pastor Resources
Transitional Pastor Ministry
Transitional Pastor Training Promo
What is a Transitional Pastor?
A transitional pastor serves a church during the time period that occurs between permanent pastors. This time of transition is often treated by many church members as a “hold things together, keep things going” period. For nominal church members it is likely a time to “wait and see” what new leadership (or lack of leadership) will bring. With effective transitional leadership, this time period between pastors can be very productive—a time of growth in personal and congregational awareness, a time of renewal, and celebration; and a time when people are sometimes attracted to the church by a resurgence in congregational involvement in worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship, as well as personal and family ministries of the church.
Churches transitioning from the leadership of one pastor to another may be well served by transitional pastors who help this time period be as positive and constructive as possible, by helping the church gain momentum and be productive during the process of change.