One way or another, every church will eventually lose its pastor or minister yet few congregations prepare for this dramatic event. The pastor's departure evokes a range of reactions and problems--sorrow and grief, uncertainty, loss of mission and mementum, power struggles--yet no one wants to talk about this elephant in the church boardroom. Weese amd Crabtree give here a guide to developing a succession plan for smoothing pastoral transitions.
CAROLYN WEESE is executive director of Multi-Staff Ministries, aconsulting group based in Goodyear, Arizona, serving hundreds ofchurches from many denominations in thirty-six states. She hastwenty years experience helping congregations with leadershipdevelopment, succession planning, and other human relationissues.
J. RUSSELL CRABTREE is executive director of Holy Cow! Consultingin Columbus, Ohio, a company that offers organizational developmentservices for religious, government, and nonprofit organizations.
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