50 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor

by Robert Crossman. Lewis Center for Church Leadership, 2015.

Written by a United Methodist leader, this article offers 50 helpful actions that congregations can take to ease clergy leadership transitions.


ways to orient the new pastor and their family into the community, how to say goodbye to the current pastor

Best For

clergy and lay leaders



Suggested Uses

  • Create a smooth transition between current and new clergy by sharing this article with lay leaders before the transition.
  • Welcome the new pastor by following suggestions found in this article.

About the Contributor

Janet Hoover

Janet Hoover is a certified spiritual director in private practice and an American Baptist pastor. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis and earned her MDiv and DMin from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. 

Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies.