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By Susan Tamborini Czolgosz
When should a congregation begin to think about planning for a clergy transition? Susan Tamborini Czolgosz’s “Transition Planning” provides a framework for shifting thinking about a clergy transition, recasting it as a natural part of our common life with a process that flows from – rather than interrupts – our living into all that God is calling us to be.
By Jan Henderson
During the time of clergy transition, the senior warden is responsible for leading the congregation in their search for a new rector. In “Leading through Transition,” senior warden Jan Henderson shares the process she and her vestry developed in their recent search for an interim rector.
By Jan Henderson
St. John’s Episcopal Church [de Jackson Hole, Wyoming] está lista para la “próxima gran cosa.” ¿Por qué me siento así? Como feligresía, estamos participando unidos y tenemos el corazón, el talento y la valentía para tener un gran impacto positivo en nuestra comunidad siguiendo las enseñanzas de Jesús. Lo que tenemos por delante es el reto – y la oportunidad – de obtener un nuevo rector. Un prefacio importante de este artículo es lo maravillosa que es nuestra junta parroquial. Éramos un grupo unido y respetuoso antes de que empezara el proceso, pero ahora nos hemos convertido en una verdadera familia de fieles servidores llenos de amor.
By Henry Parsley
In “I Really Miss Vestry Meetings,” Henry Parsley, retired bishop of Alabama states “vestries should be one of the most exciting ministries in the church – joyful, in fact” and then shares the key components that he, after working with vestries for many years, believes are integral to vestry vitality.
By Donald Romanik
For many churches, the one church one priest model is no longer possible, creating opportunities for different models of leadership. In “Equal Partners,” Donald Romanik shares a story of a congregation – and a diocese – committed to the development of healthy and effective lay clergy partnerships to build up the Body of Christ in our changing world.
By Sandra Clark Kolb
As a vestry member during a change in ordained leadership you play a critical role in making the transition a healthy one. Both the change and the transition need to be managed. Returning to the example of Moses we used last month, here are some additional steps to take as the process unfolds.
By Jim Sell
Thou shalt…encourage more lay leadership. All too often, the last rector might have simply found it easier to “do it him/herself.”
By Anne Rudacille Schmidt
Days before being installed as senior warden, Anne Rudacille Schmidt learned her rector had accepted a call elsewhere. “Clergy Transition: Tips for Senior Wardens” shares strategies Anne and the vestry used to navigate this unanticipated change.
By Dorothy "d'Rue" Massey Hazel
The feelings of grief and loss that may accompany a clergy transition may also heighten levels of anxiety and stress. In “Expectations Matter: Choose Faith,” Dorothy “d’Rue” Hazel advocates for working through these feelings, offering strategies to help leaders focus on the new opportunities, the new life that awaits.
By Susan Elliott
For some congregations, transition means giving up the familiar structure of full-time clergy as well as their understanding of the way authority and tasks are distributed. Susan Elliott’s “From Challenge to Opportunity” shares the wisdom and experience of congregational and diocesan leaders who have made this change.