Clergy--Placement

Wilderness wanderings: analyzing the effects of the PC(USA) call process on pastors

Author
Allan R Drake
Abstract
The PC(USA) search system is designed for pastors to match up with congregations who are looking for ministers. The denomination has a very effective search system, but with fewer churches available, simple logic suggests that finding a new church is potentially difficult. The catalyst for this research was the author's spiritual and emotional struggles that were prominent during the search process. In an effort to care for pastors and their families in the midst of this wilderness like journey, nine pastors were interviewed in order to paint a proper picture of the PC(USA) search experience. The results are compelling.

Transitioning from a solo pastorate to a senior pastorate

Author
Steven L Petroelje
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to understand the challenges encountered by a solo pastor when transitioning into a senior pastor role. This study utilized semi-structured interviews with twelve pastors in the Reformed Church in America focusing on leadership skills and transition, power and authority dynamics, and staff relations. The study revealed that the transition from solo to senior pastorate affects personal and professional aspects of the pastor's life. Additionally, the pastor must devote more to administration and staff leadership, with recognition that the amount of influence that a pastor has depends largely on the leadership structure of the church.

Should I stay or should I go? A reflection on the practice of Christian discernment for United Methodist clergy

Author
Angela M Harris
Abstract
This project explores how the practice of discernment in the Christian tradition can be beneficial in making faithful and fruitful decisions. It reflects on the theology of discernment in the Christian tradition with particular emphasis on Ignatius of Loyola and the Quaker tradition, as well as in-depth interviews with United Methodist clergy on the practices of discernment that have been helpful to them over the course of their career with an emphasis on how to transition from positive placement settings. It concludes with a guide to assist clergy in matters of spiritual discernment.

The impact of church planting on the planter and his family

Author
H Harrison Spitler
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to discover the impact of church planting on the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) church planter, his marriage and family. This study utilized a qualitative design using semi-structured interviews with eight pastors and some spouses. The review of literature examined scripture, Christian and secular literature regarding ministry and marriage. The interviews focused on how church planting impacts the planters, spouses and their marriages. This study concluded that although church planting is challenging, if safe fellowship exists and boundaries are set in place, then the process can be rewarding for the entire church planting family.

A manual for preparing congregations to receive pastoral leadership in a cross-racial, cross-cultural appointment in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church

Author
L K Pasley Pendleton
Abstract
This project sought to explore ways in which the vision and objective for cross-racial, cross-cultural appointments could be effective in a local congregation. Through conversations with members in which mutual sharing took place and responses to surveys were made, ethnographic studies, review of relevant literature, and subsequent analysis of data that were gathered, what emerged was an education program that deepened that biblical theological understanding of participants as people of God. That education program contributed to the development of a manual for use by administrative leadership, either the newly appointed pastor, district superintendents, or other selected facilitator, to enable congregations to receive pastoral leadership in cross-racial and cross-cultural appointments in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.

An examination of the association between a mentoring relationship and effective transition of recently graduated female seminarians into church pastoral ministry

Author
Woon Hooi Tan
Abstract
This qualitative, phenomenological study sought to understand how mentoring would make seminary-to-church transition successful and thus facilitate female pastors to attain effective and satisfactory pastoral ministry. Purposeful, criterion sampling provided females pastors who had or did not have mentors during seminary-to-church transition and women who mentored female pastors during the mentees' transitional periods. Data collection involved face-to-face interviews. Findings indicated that women pastors encountered ministry adaptation, competency, and fulfillment problems during seminary-to-church transition. However, mentoring played the biggest role in helping entry-level female pastors transition effectively, producing six favorable transitional outcomes: ministry adjustment, competency, fulfillment, longevity, personal and spiritual growth, and a stronger relationship with God.

The first five years: critical factors to the successful intentional translation from a long-tenured senior pastor

Author
Christopher M Freeland
Abstract
Although it is impossible to imagine a more disruptive change to a church than a transition of its senior pastor, this qualitative research project showed that careful attention to the critical factors of (1) an unwavering public respect between the departing pastor and his successor, (2) a ministry philosophy that allows freedom of form while maintaining core function, and (3) a clarity of non-staff church leadership governance that allows the incoming senior pastor both freedom and protection can ease the disruption to a local church and propel its ministry into the future.

Supporting the journey from sorrow to hope: lamenting the departure of a beloved pastor

Author
Janice Lee Fitzgerald
Abstract
Denial, anger, and grief experienced by a congregation when faced with the leave-taking of a beloved pastor can impede transition tasks necessary to welcome a new pastor. The author developed recommendations for denominational presence and support; a brochure for departing pastors with emphasis on facets of healthy leave-taking; a brochure for church councils emphasizing common reactions to pastoral transition. The lament tradition is explored and serves as the basis of a prayer guide for members who experience deep sorrow, anger, or even delight at the prospect of new pastoral leadership. Materials were validated by panels of experts and field tested.

New life for an old form: matching Moravian congregations and pastors in the twenty-first century

Author
William T Andrews
Abstract
The problem this project addressed is the adequacy of the Leadership Skills and Leadership Styles (LSLS) survey used by the Moravian Church, Northern Province to identify the leadership skills and styles desired by congregations in the call process. The researcher investigated how other Protestant denominations perform this task, what the Bible says about the subject, and ways the LSLS can be improved. A qualitative approach was taken that used case study and grounded theory methods. The case study approach was followed through interviews and site visits. A grounded theory approach was used to allow input from lay leaders and clergy through surveys.

Leadership succession: a contingency plan for the independent church

Author
Henry J Barry
Abstract
This project addresses leadership succession and the difficulty that all churches experience with this vital need. The researcher found that a successful leadership succession depends upon a well-planned transition. The research consisted of a case study of four small independent churches. The researcher compared the traditional and apostolic approaches to leadership succession. Through grounded theory and coding of the data, the researcher identified factors that contribute to both the positives and obstacles of a good leadership succession. The research provided evidence that a renewed apostolic approach to leadership succession is more effective than traditional methods.
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