Tomorrow is moving day in the WNCC. I have given advice for moving pastors before (Don’t Change Anything Your First Year). But I think there are some things that churches who are welcoming a new pastor can take advantage of also.
5 Things Churches Should Remember This Moving Day
- For you all one aspect of your life changed, you got a new minister. For the minister and his/her family EVERYTHING has changed. They have moved to a new house, new town and need to find doctors, dentists, grocery stores, gas stations, etc. Please be patient and realize the dramatic nature of what happens on moving day. If the pastor and his/her family are not warm and fuzzy first off, it probably has less to do about you as it does their life is turned upside down and they are making sense of it all. Yes, as United Methodist ministers, we all have signed up for this, but it doesn’t make it any easier to make these dramatic transitions.
- You have a new minister who is different than the last one you have. Ministers are like snowflakes, they are never the same. Don’t expect the new minister to do what the old one did and be the type of minister the old one was.
- The new minister was found to be called by God and has been appointed by the cabinet. This means s/he is qualified for the job, no matter their race, age, or gender.
- Let the new minster be who God has called him/her to be. Ministers have special God given gifts and talents. Let him/her use them in their ministry. Don’t force him/her into certain roles or preconceived notions of who s/he should be
- Change has happened and it will never be the same. Mourn, grieve, and the get over it. God works through and in spite of the cabinet. Don’t crumble about the new minister, work with him/her. Instead of anger focus on doing the work of the Church, making disciples for Jesus Christ, together!