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Interim Ministry Manual

Interim Ministry Manual

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Published by: Metropolitan Community Churches on May 23, 2009
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 TransitionalMinistryManual
 
 
Manual Contents
IntroductionFlow ChartPastoral Transition OverviewSection One: Healthy Leaving 1. Issues to be considered
Severance package- Elder negotiates
When and how to tell congregation
Departure date
Clarify role of pastor between resignation and departure.
Opportunities for Goodbye2. Press Release- Template3. Leaving Liturgy- Example4. Send Ethics Statement from Clergy Code of Conduct to leaving pastor to help define boundaries.5. Career Counseling with Office of Formation and Leadership Department Section Two: Pastoral Appointment Procedures and Tools for the Transition Period1. Elder’s assessment of Need2. Definitions of types- clarity of language explains who can apply for settled pastor position and whocannot and details right, privileges and duties.3. Elder Appointment4. Contracts – compensation and work templates on file. CTIM will become involved with compensationnegotiations at the discretion of the Elder 5. Appointment of Transition team- roles and responsibilities7. The Intentional Interim Tasks and Procedures
Tasks
TimelinesCTIM involvement
Monthly report/ by 5
th
* Monthly Call scheduled by 10
th
 
Evaluation tools (mid process; final evaluation; completion Interview with CTIM and Elder if desired and written response)
Pastoral Search Readiness Assessment Inventory Tool
Report to Elder with suggestions of remediation work before re-appointment if necessary8. Leaving process- sample liturgy; gift guidelines; counseling referrals9. Samples of forms, templates, and tools
 
Section Three: The Pastoral Search1. Regional Elder determines when ready (conversation with CTIM and Interim pastor; results of readinessinventory tool)2. Ground Rules for Transition Team3. Steps for Pastoral Search- best practices4. Profile surveys by Don Eastman5. Revised Tanis/Eastman Pastoral Search document6. Surveys (St. Pete)7. Separate process for first right of refusal8. Statement of exceptions? Decision making processSection Four: Preparation for Settled Pastor 1. Contract Negotiations2. Guidelines for installation and Sample Liturgies3. Introduction of New Pastor to Community4. Sample Press release5. Pastor Parish Relations Committee 

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