Pastoral transitions can be times of opportunity. Many churches have a long history of being in the stabilization or even the stagnation stage (see diagram). Pastoral transitions offer the opportunity for a turning point leading to revitalization.
Unfortunately, most churches think a new pastor will be the savior. They look for a pastor without taking time to do an in-depth assessment of where the church is at. The result is often the church sees little revitalization with a new pastor.
A lesson being learned today is that true church consultants can help the church to not simply find a new pastor but begin a strategic plan for revitalization. The consultant can take an objective look at the church, help the church to itself, and think outside the box.
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The Value of a Consultant
"In the multitude of counselors there is safety" (Proverbs 11:14). Churches going through pastoral transition can benefit from the counsel of others.
BBM offers workshops and consultation ministries to come alongside churches during these times of transition. A goal is to help churches form a basic outline of a vision for the local church. Defining priorities before affirming a new pastor can help to make for a smother transition and enable the church to grow with "the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Eph. 4:3).
The approach is not to present a program but to enable the church to discover its uniqueness and potential.
Pastoral Transition Workshop is a starting point. The workshop includes:
Examining biblical principles related to pastoral transition
Evaluating the strengths and needs of the church
Exploring the potential for the future of the church in light of a changing culture
Explaining the diversity in ministry styles and goals
Expectations of the pastors and the church
Basic results of the workshop are:
Church leadership and congregational profiles
Pastoral profile including personality, spiritual gifts, abilities, and experiences
Pastoral assessment questionnaire
BBM offers a preliminary consultant to any church.