Monday, June 29, 2009

5 Things Churches Should Remember This Moving Day

Tomorrow is moving day in the WNCC. I have given advice for moving pastors before (Don't Change Anything Your First Year). But I think there are some things that churches who are welcoming a new pastor can take advantage of also.

5 Things Churches Should Remember This Moving Day
  1. For you all one aspect of your life changed, you got a new minister. For the minister and his/her family EVERYTHING has changed. They have moved to a new house, new town and need to find doctors, dentists, grocery stores, gas stations, etc. Please be patient and realize the dramatic nature of what happens on moving day. If the pastor and his/her family are not warm and fuzzy first off, it probably has less to do about you as it does their life is turned upside down and they are making sense of it all. Yes, as United Methodist ministers, we all have signed up for this, but it doesn't make it any easier to make these dramatic transitions.
  2. You have a new minister who is different than the last one you have. Ministers are like snowflakes, they are never the same. Don't expect the new minister to do what the old one did and be the type of minister the old one was.
  3. The new minister was found to be called by God and has been appointed by the cabinet. This means s/he is qualified for the job, no matter their race, age, or gender.
  4. Let the new minster be who God has called him/her to be. Ministers have special God given gifts and talents. Let him/her use them in their ministry. Don't force him/her into certain roles or preconceived notions of who s/he should be
  5. Change has happened and it will never be the same. Mourn, grieve, and the get over it. God works through and in spite of the cabinet. Don't crumble about the new minister, work with him/her. Instead of anger focus on doing the work of the Church, making disciples for Jesus Christ, together!


Anonymous said...

Minster found to be "called" by God...

Qualified for the job...

BOM, DCOM don't qualify "callings," at least that's what they claim when they turn someone down; and not every minister is qualified, capable, or willingly doing their job, yet many are still appointed, killing and hurting many churches in the process. Prayer is what is needed regardless, but churches must be aware their minister could be someone else's reject. Frequent moves is the key indicator of this.

Unknown said...

Clergy reputations, like prevenient grace, always are there to greet a new minister. Whether the minister has a good one or a bad one, to judge the minister in the new appointment before s/he starts would be jumping the gun.

I do know 'church killers' and 'clergy killers' who have just been looking for the right fit. When the right church and the right minister find each other, watch out.

Boards of Ordain Ministry may not qualify callings but they do verify them. Regardless, each ordained minister who shows up at the pulpit has had an education and has been reviewed twice. Those credentials should be respected.