Four Occasions When Your Church May Need a Transitional Pastor

Episode #605
January 10, 2020
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Has a long-term pastor in your church retired? Is your church in crisis or conflict? Has the community surrounding you changed significantly? Sometimes churches are in need of a transitional pastor. Thom and Sam discuss what this specific role looks like, how it is different from a traditional interim pastor, and four occasions when your church may need a transitional pastor.


  1. When a long-term pastor retires
  2. When the church is in crisis or conflict
  3. When the community has changed significantly
  4. When the church has been inwardly focused for years

Other highlights:

  • If your church is in crisis or conflict you may need a transitional pastor.
  • A transitional pastor who can be more invested in the health and future of the church is essential following a crisis.
  • A transitional pastor may be able to help your church understand what it looks like to resemble the beauty and diversity of your community.
  • The movement from an inward focus to an outward focus is one of the greatest disruptions in the church.

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