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Passing the Baton Pack


Passing the Baton Move Pack

Passing the Baton Move Pack

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Introduction - Download PDF

 
Letter from Clergy Support Team
05
 
 
Passing the Baton to Your Pastoral Successor
06
 
 
How Incoming Pastors Can Navigate the Changeover Zone
08
 
 
“All Things New” by Sally Dyck
10
 
 
Prayer and Scripture Resources
11
 
 
Initial Contact with New Church
14
 
 
Moving Days 2021
14
 
 
Common Moving Courtesies
15
 
 
It's a Matter of Ethics
16
 
 

Good Ideas for the Move - Download PDF

 
Before the Move Checklists
18
 
 
After the Move Checklists
20
 
 

Making the Change - Download PDF

 
Coping Strategies: Grief and Loss
22
 
 
Transition Strategies
23
 
 
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) from United 
25
 
 
50 Ways to Improve Pastoral Transitions
26
 
 
Single Pastor on the Move
28
 
 
Family on the Move
29
 
 
Healthy Ways to Care for Self
31
 
 
Self-Care Considerations: My Covenant for Self-Care
32
 
 
The Church’s Responsibility for Pastoral Care
33
 
 
Suggestions for the First Week
34
 
 
The First 100 Days
35
 
 
First Year Priorities
37
 
 

Communication - Download PDF

 
Leaving Well
40
 
 
The Metaphor: Passing the Baton
42
 
 
Sermon Ideas for the Change-Over Zone
45
 
 
Sermon Ideas for the First 100 Days
47
 
 
Clergy and Social Media Ethics
48
 
 
Social Media Guidelines
49
 
 
Sample Communication
  • Pastoral Change Announcement from PPRC
  • Incoming Pastor Announcement from PPRC
  • Last Email of Outgoing Pastor/how our relationship will change
  • Change-Over Zone (Pastoral Transitions) FAQs
  • First Email of Incoming Pastor
  • Establishing Healthy Communication with the Pastor
52
 
 
Appropriate Transparency and Oversharing
59

 

Reference Guide (and Where to Find it) - Download PDF

 
Policy on Parsonage & Cash Housing Allowances
64
 
 
Guidelines and Recommendations for Church-Provided Residences
66
 
 
2020 Moving Policy
69
 
 
Clergy Compensation (Minimum Salary and Salary Supplement)
70
 
 
Tax Law Changes and Moving Reimbursements
71
 
 
Clergy Continuing Education & Clergy Vacation
72
 
 

Pastor Parish Relations Guide - Download PDF

 
Transition Strategies for Lay Leadership
74
 
 
New Appointment Administrative Checklist (for the Church staff or Treasurer)
75
 
50 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor
76
 
 
Suggestions for Churches with a Pastor with a Family
79
 
 
Suggestions for Churches with a Single Pastor
81
 
 
Suggestions for Churches with a Young Pastor
83
 
 
What You Can Expect in the First 100 Days
84
 

Resources - Download PDF

 
Book and Online Resources List
86
 

(Lay Leaders) Pastor Parish Relations Guide - Download PDF



PPR Resources for Pastoral Transition

Annual Conference is just around the corner and so is the season of pastoral transition. While there are resources available for pastors on the move, the Conference offers guidance for churches in transition, too. Use these resources in your local church to help leadership teams and parishioners adapt and change.
 

LEAVING WELL WEBINAR: PASTORAL TRANSITIONS FOR THE PPRC

Rev. Nate Berneking, Rev. Bruce Baxter and Conference Lay Leader Amy Thompson share specifics for PPRCs during a pastoral transition as part of the Leaving Well Webinar series, examining how pastors and churches can best navigate pastoral transition.
 

PASSING THE BATON: PASTOR PARISH RELATIONS GUIDE

The Passing the Baton handbook isn’t just for pastors in transition. The PPR guide offers transition tips for lay leadership, ways to welcome a new pastor and guidance for setting expectations.
 

BOUNDARY TRAINING FOR PPRCS

This series is designed as three 45-60 minute training sessions or they can be combined for a 3-hour training session for church leaders. Based on the book, Saying No to Say Yes: Everyday Boundaries and Pastoral Excellence by David Olsen and Nancy G. Devor, it is great for use with lay leadership and paid and unpaid church staff.

A two-part session on Boundaries in Anxious Congregational Settings (scroll down page to Live from Eden Seminary Part 1 and Part 2) walks through questions like, “Is your congregation having trouble playing nice?” “Is there a tendency to scapegoat?” “Does triangulation or parking lot processing happen a lot in your church?” “How do we learn as clergy and lay leaders to recognize anxiety in our congregational systems and keep communication above ground?”
 

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Visit www.moumethodist.org/mentalhealth to view resources related to mental health, such as guidance for choosing a therapist, how to use your healthcare benefits and video stories from Missouri pastors who have sought counseling.
 

WESPATH: COPING WITH APPOINTMENT CHANGES AND RELOCATION STRESS

This article shares research around the stress of pastoral transition and strategies for coping with the change.
 

RESOURCEUMC: TIPS TO HELP PASTORS AND FAMILIES ON THE MOVE

In this guide from Just Moved Ministry, founder Susan Miller offers tips for pastors and churches alike.