When a pastor leaves a church, for any reason, such as taking a call to another church, retirement, leaving the ministry, what are the implications for the remaining staff at that church? How do they continue doing ministry? Do they now have a new "leader?" Where do they look for direction? If you have experienced that situation and could guide others going through it, I'd like to hear from you, and I think others would, too. Are there resources, such as articles or books, that might inform that time of transition? This topic came up at a recent meeting of the Staff Ministry Committee (SMC) and we thought we'd put this question on The Network. To find out more about SMC, check us out at http://www.crcna.org/pages/pastorchurch_index.cfm#pcr_staffmin
When a pastor leaves a church, for any reason, what are the implications for church staff?