Jim Ozier, Director of Church Development in the North Texas Conference of the UMC, will lead a workshop designed to prepare pastors and churches for successful pastoral transitions, Passing the Baton. The workshop is especially designed where the pastor has served a long tenure.
The workshop will be held at St. Matthew UMC, 1200 Moreland Dr., Belleville. The schedule is 1-5 pm on Thursday, April 14, and 9 am-4 pm on Friday, April 15.
Teams which include the outgoing pastor, incoming pastor, and a few key lay people are encouraged to attend. Churches experiencing pastoral transition in 2016, especially those where there has been a long pastoral tenure, are strongly encouraged to bring a team (the best team includes the outgoing and incoming pastors and a few key lay people). Churches which anticipate this type of transition in the next few years are also encouraged to participate.
Jim followed a Founding Pastor Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church in Flower Mound Texas. When he left 18 years later it had grown from 500 members to more than 4,000. This seminar is based on Jim’s experience coaching pastors going through transitions, and working with dozens of 2nd Pastors. It also incorporates the nation-wide study by the Lewis Center.
Along with Jim Griffith, Jim Ozier has co-authored a book soon to be published by Abingdon Press, The Changeover Zone: Successful Pastoral Transitions.
The cost is for non-IGRC participants is $150 for the first person and $75 for each additional person from a church. Due the critical nature of this topic, the IGRC Office of Congregational Development is underwriting the cost for IGRC participants. The registration cost is only $15 per person which includes Friday lunch and snacks. Participants are responsible for other meals and lodging. The registration deadline is April 4, 2016.
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