By Ron Edmondson
Ministry transitions happen in your church, and the way you help someone start in a new role determines how successful their tenure will be. Whether it’s a new pastor, staff member, or even a volunteer, here are 6 tips to help them start well.
1. Lower expectations as they begin their role.
Give them time to get to know the people of your church and to learn the written (and unwritten) rules. Introduce them to key influencers. Allow them to ask questions to learn more about your church. And, don’t let them step on landmines.
2. Welcome their family.
It’s equally, or even more important, to welcome the family. Transitions are often harder on the family. The new team member is coming with a purpose. The family is finding their place in a new environment.
3. Help them understand where your church is going.
Where is there momentum in your church? What are people excited about? The more you can share, the faster you can help them be a part of the team.
4. Define success.
What does it mean if they’re successful in their position? Don’t make them guess what you’re looking for. Help them set goals and objectives.
5. Stretch your church.
Fresh eyes see fresh things. Ask them to help identify ways to make your church more efficient and effective in accomplishing your mission. This may be difficult. But if you trust someone enough to hire them for a role, you should value their feedback in your church’s current culture.
6. Extend the honeymoon.
The longer you give someone time to acclimate in their new role, the more time they have to build trust. New people make mistakes, and no two leaders are the same. Give them adequate time to learn your church’s people and culture as they help you fulfill your mission.
Adapted from 6 Ways Help Your New Pastor or Staff Member Start Well. Check out more training videos on Ministry Grid here.