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Essential tasks

  • 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.