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Expectation Workshops

July 5, 2017

More than a dozen churches in the Southeast District are receiving new pastors this summer. To help support good transitions in leadership, our district superintendent, Lilian Gallo Seagren, is meeting with the staff-/pastor-parish relations committees (SPPRCs) in these local churches.gallo-seagren-lilian

The agenda for these meetings is designed to help committee members and their new pastors get better acquainted with each other and develop positive working relationships. They discuss what they value most about pastoral ministry and begin to establish a focus to their partnership in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world in collaboration with the entire congregation.

They spend time reviewing the basic responsibilities of the pastor and the committee in nurturing faithful, fruitful practices in all church members to deepen their discipleship as followers of Jesus Christ and to be difference makers in their communities that Make Hope Real.

The final portion of each meeting is to summarize the conversation in a Ministry Action Plan (MAP) that highlights values, mission, vision and strategies for pursuing the preferred future that God has placed before them. Committee members also review a suggested monthly meeting structure and their practices for communicating the work of the SPPRC to the entire congregation.

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