- Finding closure with departing minister. It is difficult for a church to embrace a new minister when there are unresolved matters with the previous minister.
- Connecting with the judicatory/denomination. The judicatory and/or denomination can offer resources and support to congregations in transition, but the judicatory and/or denomination first must know that a transition is occurring.
- Making a plan for leadership during the interim time. When a minister departs, others must claim ownership of the minister’s essential tasks so that the church can continue to live toward God’s purpose.
- Exploring the opportunity in the interim time. The interim period provides space for the congregation to understand itself, its context, and its call to ministry anew.