- Composing a letter of covenant. A covenant formalizes the responsibilities minister and church have to one another. It clarifies expectations on all sides and acts as a touchstone when there is confusion or difficulty in the pastor-parish relationship.
- Negotiating compensation. A package that honors the gifts, experience, responsibilities, and needs of the minister clears the way for focus on the ministry at hand.
- Setting a start date. A firm date allows the called minister to say proper goodbyes and prepare for a move and gives the calling congregation a timetable for welcoming the new minister properly.
- Saying goodbye to interim minister (if applicable). The interim minister has walked with the congregation through a short but significant season of challenge and opportunity.