Transformation Ministries (TM) is pleased to assist our Covenanting Churches in the most important process of pastoral leadership transition. The time of transition from one pastoral leader to another should be a time of discovery and vitality for any church. This transitional time is best seen as a process that involves a number of steps. One of the Ministry's Team Coaches will assist a church through this challenging process.Transforming the Search for a Pastor into an Opportunity for Discovery and VitalityAt the beginning of the process, we provide the church leadership with a detailed Search Team information guiding church leaders through the entire process with forms, samples, interview questions, contracts and budget planners.
1. STEP ONE - Move Toward Closure
The departing pastor, the church and a TM Church Ministry Coach will work together to disseminate information in a sensitive and timely manner, deal with issues such as friendships, grief, vision and finances.
2. STEP TWO - Getting Leadership Organized
The TM Church Ministry Coach will provide resources to assist the church in appointing a "Pastoral Search Team" of godly, mature, competent people -- typically five to 7 individuals.
3. STEP THREE - Preparing the Search Team and Congregation
The Pastoral Search Team develops all the materials needed for the pastoral search.
4. STEP FOUR - Conducting the Actual Pastoral Search
The Pastoral Search Team, assisted by the TM Church Ministry Coach, will refine selection criteria, take full responsibility for candidate selection, and conduct all interviews with potential candidates.
5. STEP FIVE - Making Sure of the Right Choice
The Pastoral Search Team will select the candidate for pastoral leadership whom they believe will lead the church from where it is today to God's best for the future. This takes place after a series of interviews, background check, salary and ministry negotiations, and final agreements with the pastoral candidate.
6. STEP SIX - Presenting and Approving the Candidate
The candidate is announced to the congregation as the official candidate. The TM Church Ministry Coach will assist the Search Team and the church leaders in planning for the presentation of the candidate to the church. The congregation votes on whether to extend a call.
7. STEP SEVEN - Completing the Process
Once a call is issued, the congregation prepares the way for the new pastor.
Finding Pastoral LeadershipNo ministry we perform is more strategic to the future of churches than helping them find new pastoral leadership when needed. In Transformation Ministries, there are two dimensions of this ministry. We work to have a strong list of pastoral prospects, which is developed in three ways:
The Ordination Standards Council of Transformation Ministries examines candidates seeking ordination to the ministry and deals with issues related to clergy competency and integrity.
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Policy Regarding Pastoral Recommendations We must consider both the needs of our Covenanting Churches and the needs of pastors. Our first priority is to assist churches in calling committed, capable and godly pastoral leaders. When appropriate, we will share with Pastoral Search Teams information about both the strengths and weaknesses of prospects they are considering. Our being less than honest is not helpful in the long run to neither the church nor the pastor. It is important for everyone concerned that congregations have confidence in Transformation Ministries giving them accurate and helpful information as they make this all-important decision for the future of their church.
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