The Art of Seamless Pastoral Transition: A Guide For Church Leaders
Lee D. Kricher D.Min.
A standard practice during pastoral transitions is the appointment of an Interim Pastor, who serves for months or years between permanent (“settled”) pastors. A viable alternative is Seamless Pastoral Transition, an option that is becoming more and more common across traditions. With the goal of preserving congregational continuity and momentum, Seamless Pastoral Transition eliminates the gap in time between the service of the Outgoing Pastor and Incoming Pastor. This paper presents several Seamless Pastoral Transition case studies, about half of which are from mainline denominations, and covers three virtues to embrace and six pitfalls to avoid for church leaders in transition.
Degree Granting Institution
Doctor of Ministry
Parish Focus: Risking Faithfully
Type of Work
Kenneth Woo Ph.D.
Jerome Creach Ph.D.
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