Considerations in an Ending Period of a Clergy Transition
The underlying aim of your final weeks is no different than your aim at any other time: to provide the leadership the congregation needs in order to live out its God-given mission.
- Help people develop an ever-deepening, life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ
- Connect in life-giving & life saving ways with its mission field
Prepare to Transfer Leadership Through Your Attitude & Actions
- What’s the perspective I choose to hold about leaving this pastorate?
- What perspective will be most helpful to hold about the pastor who’s following me?
- How committed am I to the success of the pastor who follows me? What will that mean for my behavior both now…and after I leave?
Actions: (see “Prepare Ye the Way for Your Successor” )
- What have I already taken care of?
- What still needs to be done?
Redefine Your Relationship with the Congregation
- “If you’re not my pastor, what will you be?”
- Are there any relationships I need to mend before I leave? Any forgiveness to humbly seek?
Anchor the Disciple-making Mission and Purpose of the Church
- What are the final messages and emphases that I want the congregation to hear and experience as I’m leaving?
- How will I communicate that verbally? What will I say?
- How can I communicate that non-verbally?
- What atmosphere do I want to help create?
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