Pastoral Transition Essay

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In most Baptist Churches, the pastor serves until he passes away, voluntarily resigns or terminated by church for some ethical or moral indiscretions. Therefore, many Baptist churches have enjoyed their pastors for longer intervals than some other denominations. In my ministry context at Oak Grove Baptist Church (OGBC) the former pastor served for forty-six years and died unexpectedly. Unfortunately, OGBC did not have any procedures in place for pastoral transition and was unprepared for the change. Pastoral transition can be difficult for any church that does not have procedures in place. Once the church has selected a candidate the work of welcoming the new pastor and his family begins. In addition, the work of strengthening the relationships…show more content…
With that said, the time has come at OGBC to manage the inevitable transition of welcoming a new pastor. The researcher is an associate minister at OGBC and recognized the need for developing a transition plan to help her church to transition well. Transition is the process of letting go of the ways things used to be and then holding on of the way they subsequently become. William Bridges identifies a place in between the transition process called the “neutral zone”. Bridges suggests that while in the neutral zone people resist the transition because it takes longer (often much longer) than change, and it leaves us in this zone while a replacement reality and a new reality is gradually being formed. The researcher’s church was in the neutral zone for three years until they finally selected a new pastor. The time has come for OGBC to let go of the way things used to be and take hold of the way things have become and then move forward with their new pastor embracing the process for a healthy pastoral transition. Transition is the way that we all come to terms with change. The pastoral transition process does not have to be chaotic thus, this project is develop in the anticipation to make the way smoother for…show more content…
In this periscope, Moses is encouraging the people and Joshua as they begin to enter the promised land. Moses is aware of his departure as leader and Joshua becoming his successor (Deut. 31:1-3). According to William Bridges transition process, Moses is preparing the people for transition in leadership. Moses words solidifies the need to let go of the way they did things under his leadership and embrace the leadership of Joshua (Deut. 31:7). The 40 years that the Israelites spent in the wilderness reflects what Bridges calls the “neutral zone”. The time in which they were in between letting go of the way things used to be under Moses leadership and beginning again towards the promise land under Joshua leadership. Once the Israelites entered the promised land the process of a “new beginning” under Joshua’s leadership is underway. The transition from Moses leadership to Joshua reflects Bridges transition process. In addition, it provides a valuable and biblical reference for pastoral
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