Don’t Miss the Reference Checks!

Churches are notoriously weak when it comes to reference checks. And even when we do them, those who are serving as references are reluctant to share negative feedback. Here are some thoughts on how to be more effective in this critical step of the search process.

Working With Staff in Transition

This is a summary of our discussion at the May 31, 2022 TPN gathering.

One of our areas of discussion at the May 31st transitional pastor’s gathering had to do with supporting staff in a time of transition. Here are some thoughts.

Meet with the staff one on one. Ask them what their dream is. Help them achieve their dream.

Make sure the staff are included in some of the initial transitional board meetings, or at least help them be aware of the transitional process.

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The Deep Dive

Following a transitional assignment, Gerry Teichrob received an email from one of the elders in that church suggesting that every church, in transition or not, should engage in a “deep dive” every 5-7 years, like the one Gerry had led them through in the assessment phase of transition. Here is an interview with Gerry unpacking … Read more