Ministering Transitions

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You will soon be saying good-bye to a minister.  In doing so, you will also be saying goodbye to the particular congregation you were when that minister shared the ministry with you. These changes necessarily entail losses that must be grieved; they also create an opening for new and exciting things to emerge for the congregation as a whole, and for its members.

I’m delighted to be in conversation with you at this point in your process, because I love interim ministry.  I hope that this website will provide you with a sense of who I am as an interim minister.  I welcome your interest and your questions as you seek the person who will minister with and to you as you grieve your losses, discover yourselves anew, and find joy in anticipating the future.

Should we discover that I am that minister, I will help you make the most of your transition by reflecting with you on your past, making room for all your feelings, and helping you discover who you are called to be as a congregation in this time and place, in these particular circumstances. Sometimes this means guiding you, sometimes walking with you into uncharted territory, challenging you to try new things in order to discover who you are today. Always it means encouraging you to listen attentively to what calls to your hearts, what beckons you into deeper relationship with yourselves, one another, the wider community and the sources that nourish, sustain and challenge you. Ultimately, it means accompanying you faithfully, thoughtfully and intentionally as you move into your future with a new settled minister.

It’s not likely to be a tidy, linear process, because it’s spiritual work. Together we will embrace the discomfort of the transitions, and as you come to trust their potential, you will find yourselves learning more about who you are as individuals and as a community, and listening for what calls you into being today.

Ministering transitions is practical work, as well.  Part of what we’ll be doing is considering the systems and structures of the congregation, from governance to staffing needs to financial management and stewardship, in order to discover what will best enable you to fulfill the mission of the congregation going forward.

As an interim minister, my role, and my joy, is ministering with and to congregations in transition.  I bring many gifts to this work: powerful, well-integrated worship and preaching that engages the intellect and the heart; spiritual depth; institutional savvy with a systems perspective; skillful facilitation; insightful and compassionate pastoral leadership that tends at once to individual needs and to the needs of the congregation; moving songs; and wide-ranging curiosity embodied in a warm minister with the wisdom of well-integrated life experience.

I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know me through this website.  I look forward to talking with you.