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¶375 RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE LOCAL CHURCH AND CONFERENCE

¶375.1     Pastoral Transitions

The process for a pastoral transition (change of pastor) is outlined in ¶340 and in the “Transitions Handbook” available from the director of personnel’s office. (See ¶875).  Pastoral transitions mean change, and change is stressful for both the pastor and board members .  The stresses can be reduced if the process is handled well.  The process, if not handled well, may potentially lead to a great deal of dissension within the board and ultimately the congregation.  The “Transitions Handbook” (par 875) is designed to help create a healthy process.  It is extremely important that the process be undertaken in a spirit of loving Christian support.  The board decision, and the rationale and background for it should not be discussed with anyone outside of the board (except the director of personnel or bishop).

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