Resources for Conducting Pastoral Reviews in QB Churches
Some Important Purposes of a Pastoral Review are:
- To encourage a pastor and provide positive feedback.
- To evaluate the effectiveness of the ministry of a pastor.
- To improve the functioning and ministry of a pastor.
- To hear how a pastor is finding their ministry and the resources the church offers.
- To evaluate the effectiveness of the church’s support of the pastor and bring improvement.
- To assist a pastor in setting new pastoral ministry goals. 7. To identify training and development needs of the pastor.
There are at least three main types of Reviews.
- A mini-Review in which the church leadership (or its representatives) checks on a new pastor after 3 to 6 months of ministry with a view to encouraging them and working through any problems.
- An annual Review (minor Review) in which feedback is sought from the pastor and church leadership with a view to assist the development of the pastor and the church.
- A major Review (possibly every 3 to 5 years) in which feedback is sought from a wide range of people with a view to both assisting the development of the pastor and the church and deciding whether the pastor should be recalled.
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Assisting local QB churches in finding a new pastor
(What do we do now? Our pastor has resigned or given notice of resignation).
We have some suggestions, in the form of a manual/workbook, to assist local church leaders in developing a healthy process. At the outset we want to emphasise highly important elements.
- This is a spiritual process and not simply one of finding another pastoral employee.
- Decisions made (in whatever process is used) will impact the congregation and pastor (and family) long-term.
- Anxiety is quite normal in an “in-between” period. As the leaders and congregation move healthily through transition, feelings of anxiety can be replaced with ones of refreshing and exciting anticipation.
- Seeking the Lord through praying is central.
- The church will need to answer the question, “Where do we discern God is calling us in the next 5 years?”