Pastoral moves need to start well and end well for pastors, pastoral families, and congregations.
Below are a few resources to assist in this time of transition.
Most of all, remember to pray!
The Right Start 2016
“An Order of Farewell to a Pastor,” The United Methodist Book of Worship (1992), 598
Lewis Center for Church Leadership, The Right Start: beginning ministry in a new setting, Wesley Theological Seminary. This video-based resource addresses all aspects of pastoral transitions and moves. Presenter is Dr. Lovett Weems, Jr. Click to go to the website.
Michael J. Coyner, Making a Good Move: Opening the Door to a Successful Pastorate, Abingdon Press, 1999.
Lawrence W. Farris, Ten Commandments for Pastors New to a Congregation, Eerdmans, 2003.
Lewis Center for Church Leadership, The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting, Wesley Theological Seminary and St. Paul School of Theology, 2002. Click here to read the document.Includes results of a survey of UM District Superintendents in the United States, identifying best practices for concluding ministry in one setting and for beginning ministry in a new setting.
F. Belton Joyner, Jr., Life in the Fish Bowl: Everyday Challenges of Pastors and Their Families, Abingdon Press, 2006.
Charles J. Scalise, Bridging the Gap: Connecting What You Learned in Seminary with What You Find in the Congregation, Abingdon Press, 2003.
William Bridges, Transitions:Making Sense of Life's Change, 2004, or Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change, 2009, Lifelong Books.