Best practices

  • Creating a safe, open environment for frank conversation
  • Encouraging the congregation to befriend its ghosts
  • Engaging the surrounding community, listening for its gifts and needs
  • Thinking about ways the congregation’s size and life stage affect the pastoral leadership it needs
  • Bursting assumptions about who the church is and what the church needs in a minister
  • Learning to tell the church’s story in a way that is honest and compelling
  • Beginning the process of updating the church’s constitution and by-laws and revising/implementing child protection and clergy sexual abuse prevention policies to facilitate the congregation’s mission in this next season