Do you find yourself in a leadership transition in a key ministry area of your church? Are you in an executive level staff transition?
There are realities that come with the territory of transition.
Bringing your staff, lead teams and congregation around these will go a long way towards walking together well going forward.
I recently began walking with my home church through this season. It is the 7th church I’ve had the privilege of coming alongside during a Lead Pastor transition, and I have learned so much along the way! I say this only to highlight the fact that, although each situation is unique, there are some common threads woven through the fabric of each experience.
Here’s some of what we shared together…
As Interim Lead Pastor let me be the first to let you know about a few things that almost always happen in seasons of leadership and church transition. You need to know that these are OK!
For some it’s exciting and they embrace it like a faith adventure. For others it’s just plain scary, and that’s OK!
When it comes to the will of God for the future of TCAB (The Church at Bradenton), we don’t know yet, and THAT’S OK. God knows and that’s enough in this moment. We won’t always be in this season. The Spirit will guide in His time as we worship, fast, pray and seek wise council together.
There will be change over time, and THAT’S OK.
Change either happens to us or through us.
Let’s be a part of it, together! This excites me because another word for change is growth.There can never be growth without change. Healthy things grow (like our kids). See Romans 12:1-3.
People sometimes come and go before, during and after a transition, and THAT’S OK. I WANT EVERYONE TO STAY and get behind what God is doing! Still, this rarely happens.
Don’t overdo trying to talk people in or out of these important decisions. Listen, love and pray for them as the Spirit leads.
Should people decide to leave, they may simply be finding another local church where they can be “all-in” for the Lord. Love them and the church you are serving enough to let them go. That’s a very good thing for everyone!
Again, whether you are facing a change in a strategic area of ministry or in an executive level staff position, you don’t have to be surprised by these realities. You do need to pray and process them well together.
Why are these realities so common?
Join us in our next post as we explore several “Shifts” inherent with leadership transition.
Want to drill down on some of these? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s see how we can connect in a coaching relationship!
What are some of the realities you’ve experienced in your seasons of transition? How did you and your lead teams walk well through them together?
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