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Transition Consulting

Transitions can include the retirement or death of significant lay or clergy leaders, change in congregation size (upwards or downwards), increase or decease of staff size, the hiring of a first woman or person of color or LGBT person to lead a congregation, the introduction of a new service, a change in membership demographics.

The Change Curve

People respond to transitions differently. Some people are angy; others are fearful. Some folks are sad at what they experience as a loss or anticipate losing. Others are excited about new possibilities or feel a sense of agency or power to bring about a creative new reality or a new set of relationships. What makes change difficult is that individuals and communities may have all these emotions at different times.

Workshops and coaching are ways to help people understand the dynamics of change and to move through periods of transition with less distress.

To read more about transitions, see “Transitioning from Charismatic Founder to the Next Generation”  in the Journal of Religious Leadership (Vol 9 No 2 Fall 2010). Now available as a pdf download here ».