September 7, 2017
Leadership Change During Transition
One of the developmental tasks that is part of interim has to do with shifting leadership. Interim begins with a leadership change (pastor leaving) and that often leads to other changes in leadership. I have learned not to panic when a leader comes to me and announces they need to step down. I have also learned that other people step up to fill vacant positions. Even though I expect changes in leadership to happen, I know that it can cause anxiety in a congregation. So here are my suggestions…
1) Make sure you thank the leader, who is stepping aside, for their time of service to the congregation.
2) Figure out what that leader did so you can have a ‘job description’ to assist in recruiting. Also, expect that the job description may need updating.
3) Recruit new leaders. It’s a process that involves:
a) always pray before beginning to recruit…God has a message you need to hear.
b) you need to convince/sell people of the need for a leader.
c) identify people who possess the skills/gifts to do the job.
d) intentionally ask those identified people to step up into the position.
e) pray with them and for them and …keep asking.
f) support your new leaders by helping and being good followers.
We are presently in the process of updating our committees and finding out who is working on which committees and which committees/ministries are not being led. We have posted a listing on the bulletin board across from the kitchen. Please look over our listing to make sure you are up to date.
Also…if the Spirit is calling you to participate on one of our committees/ministries, then please sign up. If you are concerned about time commitment or you are not sure that you have the right ‘stuff’ to work on that ministry, please talk with pastor or someone on that committee. And remember this…”God doesn’t call the qualified, God qualifies the called.” [based upon 1 Cor. 1:27-31]
Interim is a great time to try something new!
Thanks be to God!