Articles on Transition

The title of this menu, Transition, can take two directions. Perhaps you need help as you transition out of a position and look for a new one. Or perhaps you want to grow in your development as a pastor when ministering to someone in transition. Either way, here are some articles to encourage and help you.

Executive Pastor – Hudson, Massachusetts

Over the course of its 30-year history, despite the ups and downs that many New England congregations experience, Grace Baptist Church, located in the Metrowest suburb of Boston, has become a welcoming community of [...]

Executive Pastor – Lexington, Massachusetts

Grace Chapel is a non-denominational, multicultural church in the evangelical tradition that welcomes everyone, regardless of faith background or where a person is on his or her spiritual journey. Grace believes that life with [...]

Executive Pastor – Vestavia Hills, Alabama

Mountaintop Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama is looking for an Executive Pastor. The role of this position is to provide leadership to the operations that support the mission of the church and to partner [...]

Leaving a Ministry You Love

I recently took a new ministry position. As I made the decision to change ministries, I went back and forth since I would be leaving a place and people that I love! Note: If you [...]

Living in the Hallway is a Nightmare!

Recently I came across an uncommon word in my reading that I had never seen or heard before---"liminal." After looking it up, I discovered it is a great definition of a common condition we all [...]

Eight Ways to Respond When Facing Rejection

You will learn more about a person’s character when they face rejection than when they face success. It’s easy to feel enthusiastic, fearless, and prideful when we feel successful. However, being rejected or feeling [...]

Exited Pastors: The Ruined Landscape

I have lived through hurricanes. When I was much younger, growing up in Florida, there were several times when my family huddled together in our boarded-up home, lighting candles when the power went out and [...]

Good Fit or Poor Fit: How Can You Tell?

When Goldilocks visited the Three Bears’ house, she tried three different rocking chairs. Papa Bear’s was “too big,” she decided. Then Baby Bear’s broke into a dozen pieces under her weight. “Too small,” she declared [...]

Searching for Treasure in the Wilderness

The prospective pastor was obviously a seasoned communicator, a veteran with over thirty years of experience in ministry. Leaders in the local church were impressed with his desire to facilitate healing and reconciliation between them [...]

Reseeding a Life, Maybe Even Your Own

In the first article in this series, we talked about ever-present threats to our personal development and ministry as Executive Pastors. We discovered that quite possibly the biggest hindrance to our success as XP’s, as [...]

Change is Inevitable: Who Likes It?

It is said that change is an inevitable part of life; it is inescapable. My experience can certainly attest to this old adage. As Gail Sheehy once said, “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. [...]

How to Bid a Healthy Farewell

Bob had all the marks of a hurting pastor. I sat across the coffee shop table and hurt with him. He had recently finished his first year in Judson Church and celebrated the congregation's fiftieth [...]