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Right Start 2021

Pre-Assignment to complete before Right Start: View required Boundaries video found here: 3_Healthy Communication Boundaries During Transitions 

Wednesday, April 21  

9-9:30 a.m. - Welcome, Mark Statler 

9:30-11:30 a.m. - Leaving Well, Rev. Dr. Roger Ross Leaving Well, New Pastor Questions, Boundaries Covenant Examples

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - Lunch Break 

1-2:30 p.m. - Onboarding in New Setting, Rev. Kim Jenne/Rev. Jim Simpson Onboarding Yourself, Self Onboarding Handout, Self Onboarding Powerpoint

3:30-5 p.m. - Dealing with Grief and Loss, Amy Thompson Grief and Loss Session Handout

Thursday, April 22  

8:30 a.m. - Zoom breakout room topics

9-11 a.m. - Starting Well, Bishop Farr Necessary Nine Handout

11 a.m.-noon - Lunch Break 

Noon-2 p.m. - Making Connections In Your New Setting, Rev. Dr. Candace Lewis Community Asset Mapping Workbook

2:30-4 p.m. - Dimensions of Transition, Amy Thompson Emotional Wellness for the Transition HandoutMy Covenant for Balancing Ministry and Family, EHS Assessment 


Friday, April 23  

8:30 a.m. - Rural Missouri Connections, Sidney Everhart

9 a.m. - Introduction to Group Coaching and Right Start Follow-Through, Rev. Mark Statler 

10 a.m.-noon - Group Coaching #1


Required Resources

Gaining Momentum Through the Changeover Zone PPRC Follow-up process

3. Healthy Communication Boundaries during Transitions (45 min) by Kim Jenne


Optional Resources

Boundaries by Kim Jenne

1. Healthy Boundaries Introduction (30 min) 

2. Misconduct and Harassment (35 min)

4. Communication Boundaries Extras: Social Media and Safe Sanctuaries Best Practices (23 min) 

Congregational Excellence 

Using MissionInsite Demographics by Tammy Calcote

Vision and Execution in a New Setting by Roger Ross

Finance and Administration 


HealthFlex (Full-time clergy only)

Pension and Retirement (Full-time and Part-time clergy)

Care in Transition 


Other Resources

"The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting - COVID-19 Supplement" Now Available

A free guide for pastors ending ministry in one congregation and beginning ministry in another congregation during COVID-19.

“Called” – Leadership Development by Ken Nash

 Missional Leader Resources

 New Places for New People Resources

Pathway out of Poverty Resources

Covid-19 Resources

Missouri Conference Resource Library

Leaving Well Webinar Series

This four-part webinar series features discussions on all aspects of pastoral transitions as we consider what it looks like to leave a current ministry setting. Webinar topics and guests include:

Family Transition Videos

See the stories of real Missouri Methodist families making pastoral transitions with children of all ages. Share these videos with your family. The videos are available for streaming or download on our Vimeo channel.