in Vestry Papers and filtered by Change, Clergy Transition, Pastoral Care
By Luisa Bonillas
Change can be deeply painful, especially when it affects our emotional and spiritual wellbeing. In Conflict and Change, Luisa Bonillas describes the impact of difficult change in her church and what she learned from the experience.
By Nelson Serrano
In A Young Person in a Young Church, Nelson Serrano narrates his experience of the Episcopal Church as a millennial in Colombia, telling us how a church that values the young becomes youthful and vibrant in its ideas and actions. This article is available in English and Spanish.
By Sandra Montes
Sandra Montes comparte la experiencia de la jubilación de su padre y cómo trabajar con Church Pension Group hizo que el proceso fuera mucho más fácil.
By Victor Conrado and Louisa McKellaston
While transitions are disruptive, they can also be times of increased energy, activity and even evangelism. In No Time to Hibernate, Victor Conrado and Louisa McKellaston share ideas for developing your church while making the most of a transition period.
By Van Sheets
Saying goodbye to a beloved rector and starting the process of seeking a new one can be an unsettling journey. In Invite the Holy Spirit, Van Sheets shares some practical methods to work together, and spiritual ways to include the Holy Spirit in the process of transition.
By Meghan Froehlich
The Office for Transition Ministry provides support to clergy, laity, bishops and Diocesan Transition Ministers throughout the Episcopal Church, guiding people through times of discernment and calling. In Breathe and Carry On, Meghan Froehlich shares transition ideas that result in transformational new partnerships and communities.
By Charis Bhagianathan
Any kind of change brings an opportunity to re-focus and re-energize ourselves. Whether your congregation is in the midst of seeking a new rector, or an outgoing rector needs help with his or her retirement, this issue highlights ideas for making inevitable transitions less stressful, more fruitful and also a time of invigorating spiritual growth.
By Donald Romanik
One of the most difficult things to do in any work setting is letting someone go. In Firing an Employee the Right Way, Donald Romanik tackles termination in a church context, suggesting ways to avoid unnecessary conflict and to minimize the negative impact it can have on all parties.
By Hope Eakins
What are best practices for periods of transition? In Good Transitions, Hope Eakins shares lessons from her experience as an Interim rector, offering suggestions for both congregations and priests on how to be open to change, and to transform periods of transition into opportunities for spiritual growth.
By Nathan Kirkpatrick
Can inexperience be a desirable quality in a candidate? In Would You Hire a Job Candidate with an Unconventional Background?, Nathan Kirkpatrick examines how we typically fill leadership roles in the Church, and asks us to consider the more unlikely candidate who may be able to do the truly transformative work we desire.