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A pastoral transition can be a difficult and stressful time for both the pastor and the local churches involved. The wide variety of feelings, often including both sadness and excitement, are natural. However, appropriate care and wisdom in navigating those emotions, and strategically planning for future change can make all the difference. While much of this work and responsibility does lie with the pastor, a healthy transition – just like a healthy local church ministry – is best viewed as a partnership between the pastoral leader and the lay leadership of the church.

The resources on this site are intended to support this process of transition and lead it through the goodbyes and endings toward the hellos and healthy beginnings. You’ll find questions to ponder, practical resources to use, and teaching videos on relevant topics.

If you have any questions about the content, please contact the Rev. David Valera, Executive Director of Connectional Ministries for the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Please direct any technical questions to Patrick Scriven, Director of Communications and Young People’s Ministries for the same.

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