"Pardon our Dust"
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Congregations will develop greater health and vitality for successful ministry as they intentionally prepare to welcome new pastoral leadership.
Our Pastor has resigned. Now what do we do? When the resignation or dismissal of your pastor occurs, congregations find themselves in uncertain times. However, congregations can find hope and greater health for the future through the individual attention they receive from the Consultant for Transitioning Ministries.
ABC-MI is here and ready to guide you through this time of transition. Whether your pastor has left due to a call to another church, for retirement, or has been asked to leave, we have trained Transitional pastors and an experienced Consultant ready to walk with you through these next months.
What is the American Baptist Churches of Michigan (ABC-MI) offering to assist congregations in transition to make the most of the opportunities before them?
The ABC-MI offers congregations in transition specific assistance to be at the healthiest place for ministry under new pastoral leadership. The Consultant for Transitioning Ministries is available to work closely with congregations in transition by:
What is the process for churches in transition?
When your church experiences the resignation or dismissal of your pastor, contact the ABC-MI office or the Consultant for Transitioning Ministries directly. We will arrange a time when the Consultant can meet with the leadership of the church to discuss the transition process. The Consultant will also be available to meet with the congregation as a whole in a Town Hall Meeting format to share with them what can be expected during the transition period.
The agenda of the meeting with the Consultant will cover:
Please allow up to two hours for this meeting. Following this meeting, the process will begin for creating a Search Committee, scheduling the assessment, and identifying the best person to serve the needs of the church as the Transitional Pastor.
What is the cost to the church?
The services listed above are a ministry of the ABC-MI and made possible by our constituent churches support of United Mission and specific financial gifts that underwrite the ABC-MI annual budget. Therefore the expenses of the Consultant for Transitioning Ministries are paid for by the ABC-MI. Congregations will be responsible for the costs of other resources or resource persons they require to help them address the issues resulting from the assessment. These costs will vary depending on the need.
Ms. Mary Beth Robertson
4578 S. Hagadorn Rd. East Lansing, MI 48823