Over the course of nine years as a district superintendent in the Evangelical Free Church of America, I became convinced that every church in a pastoral transition needs one. The reason why? The pastoral transition is the most teachable moment in the life of a church, Moberg says. Thorstad responded to a number ofourquestions, the first beingWhat is a transitional ministry? It sounds like a consultant but on a full-time basis for a designated length of months? The more common term is interim ministry but there are problems with the word interim.Firstoff, somepeopleconfuse an interim pastor with aninternpastor.Secondly, sincethe traditional interim pastor has more of a maintenanceministry, notreally trying to changechurches, theword conveys the wrong picture to many people. The transitional pastor issomewhat like a consultant, working hard to analyze the churchs strengths and weaknesses, but he or she takes more time for the process, guides the church through the rough waters of the pastoral transition, re-trains the board, staff and congregation in how to do church effectively, and serves as a coach to the long-term pastor search committee. Most of us dont designate a certain time period,as you suggest, but commit ourselves to staying until we quite literally pass abatonor shepherds staff to the new long-term pastor. My transitional pastorates have lasted from 13 to 35 months. When you say redevelopment, is that another way of saying or doing transformation, of taking a plateaued or declining congregation and showing them the way from surviving to striving to thriving? Exactly!Redevelopment, re-focusing, re-energizing, re-envisioning, reviving,re-bootingand restarting are all terms which have been used to describe the process. We start with diagnosing the situation and then move into a surgical stage during which needed changes are made, followed by a recovery stage, in which the church gets excited about the future, prepared for the growth which is going to come,and matched up with a great new long-term pastor. You writeabout the “new ways of using transitional pastorates to help healthy churches get ready for their future and to help unhealthy churches to get healthy.” And that you and yourwife “launched out into a life of redevelopment transitional pastoring.Why is this the first time I have heard of such a vocation?
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.>That same person’s vocationn may be to be a single person, a wife or a husband, to be a religious brother or sister, to be a deacon or priest. The basis of our desire to find and to do the will of God should be the belief that God’s will for us is our only chance to be truly and lastingly happy. xiii, iii, iv, vii. God was supposed to speak by an attraction, which it was dangerous to anticipate: and thus arose the famous theory which identified vocation with Divine attraction; without attraction there was no vocation; with attraction, there was a vocation which was, so to speak, obligatory, as there was so much danger in disobedience. If this were the case, God, who is infinitely good, would make His will known to every man in a way which could not be misunderstood. books Fr. Women religious are nuns and male religious can be either priests or brothers. http://abigailwilsontrust.denaliinstitute.org/2016/08/05/obtaining-help-on-swift-products-of-selection-process/Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for vocation early 15c., “spiritual calling,” from Latin vocation em nominative vocatio, literally “a calling,” from vocatus “called,” past participle of vocare “to call” see voice n.. I’m a carpenter by vocation, but my hobby is painting.