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Curator Tim Shapiro
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Starting Well

Are you a clergyperson starting at a congregation? I’m sure you want to start well. It can be a challenge to prayerfully navigate all the demands placed upon you.

Most clergy don’t move often enough to get good at starting, so it’s hard to get it right. It’s like so many important things in life that happen seldom enough that we never quite reach the level of competency we’d like. I only got one chance to care for my mom through her last illness. I hadn’t done that before. Thanks to grace and my mom’s graciousness, I was good enough. Competent? Just barely.

Advice

Common advice is this: Don’t change anything for the first 12 months. In some cases, this is good advice. Don’t claim a new congregational vision to sell the 130-year-old structure, which is still in excellent condition. Your congregants probably won’t go for that. But if the congregation is used to mediocre preaching, then, for heaven’s sake, change that. Preach well!

Learning

If you are a new clergy person, you are going to learn things about the congregation that you didn’t know. Some of it is good. Wow, the music here is wonderful! Some of it is worrisome. Hmmm, the monthly income is a lot lower than I was told.

Working

The clergy leader is the carrier of both the possibility and the sin of the congregation. As the new congregational leader, you are the vessel for that which is unsolved, unredeemed and just plain troubling about the community. During the first 100 days, a primary spiritual task is working out with God how you are going to tolerate whatever uncomfortable you are experiencing.

Is it possible to just sit with this for a while? Actually, you can do more than be still. You can use this time to begin to develop the competencies being called forth. New occasions teach new duties.

Type this into a CRG search: New Pastorate. You will find some helpful resources.

Entering Wonderland is a resource that might be helpful to you on this new journey.

book
Jump Start
This downloadable PDF examines the components of a healthy volunteer culture and provides steps to implement one in your congregation.
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Vital Merger: A New Church Start Approach that Joins Church Families Together
This book offers a proven model to ensure the success of a church merger, one that looks more like a fresh start versus a last-ditch effort that will only delay decline. Here, a merger is likened to a marriage, and the book provides a step-by-step guide towards commitment.
book
Starting a Nonprofit at Your Church
This comprehensive provides congregations with the necessary tools to decide whether or not starting a nonprofit organization is in their best interest, helping determine readiness and moving forward.
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How to Start a Nonprofit
This article is a comprehensive overview of the steps for creating a successful nonprofit organization.
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Entering Wonderland: A Toolkit for Pastors New to a Church
This resource is written for pastors in a new congregation, helping them assess trust level, learning how to deal with difficult behavior, and how to best get to know parishioners.
organization
Converge
This organization provides coaching and assessments to help leaders plant new churches.
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Finding the Right Church Plant Model
This article introduces and describes five church-planting models.
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The Baptist Start Page: Church Relocation
This website hosts a rich assortment of church relocation resources, from technical to adaptive, making it the perfect launching point for congregations considering relocation.
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Jump-starting a Synagogue Stimulus Plan
This article looks at the challenges facing synagogues in the United States and offers solutions to overcome them.
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