Notes from the President – June 24, 2011

 

OVERVIEW OF THE TRANSITION PROCESS IN PASTORS

Florida-Bahamas Synod ELCA:  Walking together through the Transition Process Handbook

 

 OUR PASTOR RESIGNS OR RETIRES

  • The congregation council receives the written resignation of the pastor and notifies the Office of the Bishop of the resignation.
  • The bishop or a representation of the Office of the Bishop [Pastor Paul Lutze] meets with the congregation or council to provide an overview of the transition process.  People from the congregation are welcome to attend. [This will be the July 14 Council Meeting.  Pastor Lutze and appointed Interim Pastor will be present.]
  • A farewell celebration for the pastor is planned. [Worship service of affirmation for Pastor Jon pastor call at Shepherd of the Hills is July 17 at the 10:15 am service followed by a celebration after church.  Please bring lots of cards with personal stories & remembrances of your favorite time with Pastor Jon and what his time here at Shepherd of the Hills has meant to you]
  • Closure conversations with the pastor are completed.
  • The Office of the bishop appoints an interim, who meets with the council.
  • The pastor concludes ministry at this congregation.

 

THE TRANSITION PERIOD BEGINS

  • The interim pastor arrives to serve the congregation.
  • The council and the Office of the Bishop determine immediate needs of the congregation, usually including a ministry assessment/discernment.
  • Coaching as needed.
  • The congregation addresses issues and concerns that need resolution prior to initiating the call process;  updates constitution if need. [Constitution revision in progress.]
  • The council, interim and the bishop mutually agree that the congregation is ready to move forward with the call process.
–  Taken from Florida-Bahamas Synod guidelines for transitioning pastor.

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