United Methodists of Eastern Pennsylvania & Greater New Jersey

Transition Workshops 2023


Dear Clergy and Church Leaders, 

The Transition Workshop is designed for churches receiving a new appointment to guide them through this important time of transition. Each church receiving a new appointment was asked to form a transition team to attend this workshop. At this workshop, you will learn: 

  1. How the church, the outgoing pastor, and the incoming pastor can work together to provide a health and smooth transition. 
  2. What is normal during a season of transition and what is not normal
  3. The do's and don'ts of pastoral transitions
  4. What are the expectations of the church and the outgoing pastor during the months of May and June
  5. What are the expectations of the church and incoming pastor for the first 18 months
  6. How can the church and the incoming pastor work together to set goals for six months and one year and clarify expectations

Two dates are offered for this workshop: Thursday, May 4th2023 at 7:00 pm and  Saturday, May 6th2023 at 9:00 am, both via Zoom. Each team only needs to attend one of these dates. The full transition team does not need to attend on the same day, but all members of the team should attend one of the workshops offered.

In addition to the outgoing and incoming pastors, the following individuals or someone representing these individuals should be present: 

  • Staff Parish Relations Committee Chairperson
  • Church Council Chairperson
  • Lay Leader
  • Up to two other persons from the congregation that you believe need to be present for such an important workshop

The outgoing pastor from each church is responsible for convening the transition team and should register their team members by Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023

Once you register, you will receive two emails. The first will be a confirmation email. The second email will be a reminder two days prior to the workshop and will contain the Zoom link information. Please distribute this Zoom information to the members of your team. 

In preparation for this workshop, please ensure your transition team reviews the resources, particularly the videos, available here for EPA and here for GNJ.

Please reach out to your Regional Administrator with any questions. 

Thank you for attending this important workshop! 


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5/4/2023 7:00 PM - 5/6/2023 11:00 AM
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