When a church loses their pastor and enters the transitional phase, they need assistance to get through it. On average, the transition in a church could be six months to a year and a lot can happen during that time period. Normally at this point, a church formulates a Pastor Search Committee tasked with the responsibility of finding the new pastor. Because this is not a common occurrence, most committee members feel ill prepared and desire some sort of guidance on how to do this. It is at this point that a Regional Missionary from the SBC of Virginia can come and train the committee on the search process. Generally, this would include developing a profile, screening resumes, narrowing the search and calling a candidate. Through this training, they are given specific handles on what to do and how to do it. Above all, the focus is on finding the man God is calling to this church.
The SBC of Virginia will help churches in transition on how to search for a prospective pastor. Here is the link to contact the Regional Missionary in your area:
Typically, Churches that find themselves in transition between pastors recognize they need help. They will form a Pastor Search Committee and begin the process of looking for their next pastor. At the same time, they will call an Interim Pastor to stabilize the church by filling the pulpit each Sunday and performing certain pastoral duties during this transitional period. But for those situations that are not typical, where the church has declined in attendance, struggled with inner conflict and have lost sight of their mission, this could be the ideal time for a unique and specially-trained shepherd who is called a Transitional Pastor.
This kind of pastor is prepared to lead them through a very important and strategic time in the life of the church. His role is not only to shepherd the flock but guide them through a healing process by identifying specific issues that have impacted the church and help resolve them. The main objective of this ministry is to prepare the church for their new pastor.
At the SBC of Virginia, we will assist churches by enlisting and training Transitional Pastors to serve during that time between pastors. We have special training available for those who sense God is calling them to this kind of ministry. But for those who want to pursue this now, you can go to the Lifeway website and see when and where they have scheduled trainings. Here is the link you can go to and register: