Transition Workshop

To: Moving and Retiring Pastors

From: Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr.


I bring you greetings and prayers as together we lead and live in this season of unknown and pandemic.

Please know that you are also in my prayers as you prepare for the transition in your appointment. I know well what these days are like—filled with a mixture of both hope and anxiety even under the best of circumstances. I want to speak into that jumble of emotions a distinct word of encouragement.

As usual, the board of ordained ministry, the cabinet, and the office of spiritual leadership have been working diligently to create a helpful experience for you in your appointment change. “Transitions” will be a two-hour Zoom training around tools and best practices for those clergy and families who will be moving. There are three options available:

  • April 26, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • April 27, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 
  • May 1, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Registration will be open April 1 and close on April 25 at 5:00 pm. The link to register is below:

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Following registration, you will receive the Zoom login information as well as the Transitions Handbook. This special time is created to engage all of the hopes and concerns that we ministers feel as we approach a move. Emphasis will be on ways to leave an appointment well, and starting off on the right foot in your new appointment.

It is the intent of the bishop and the cabinet that all full-time moving pastors attend this gathering. Part-time and retiring pastors are eagerly invited, but are not required to attend the session. I would not urge your attendance at this session if I did not think it would be positive, and worth your time. I encourage you to take a moment now, and mark your calendar and register online.    

I celebrate your gifts, and give thanks for your service, in the strength of the risen Jesus.

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