Congregations in Transition
From saying farewell to a pastor to beginning strong with a new one, the Office of the Bishop accompanies you through the time of transition.

Transitional Ministry

The transitional period is a “time between,” a time between what was and what will be, between pastors in the congregation, between saying “goodbye” and saying “hello,” between one chapter in a congregation’s history and the next.  It can be a time of uncertainty, a time of anticipation of the future, a time of preparation and fearfulness and hope, especially since the world and church have changed drastically since you last thought about calling a new pastor.

Transition is a time to assess vitality and sustainability, test and shape some new behaviors and enter into a time of deep listening and prayer.

Some of the tasks to be completed concern the ministry relationship that is coming to a close as your pastor leaves or retires.  Here are some resources for completing the ministry relationship.

The Office of the Bishop will meet with leaders and assist you in securing transitional leadership. A Bishop's Associate will then lead the coordination of the work of Transitional Pastors. Your transitional pastor will be attentive to your situation and encourage you to move forward. A Bishop's Associate will ensure you examine sustainability and vitality issues so that you can make sound decisions as you plan for the future. If a congregation has the financial capacity for full-time compensation (generally a minimum of $80K to $90K in salary and benefits), the Transitional Manual for Councils will be your guide. If your congregations do not have the financial capacity for full-time compensation, the Office of the Bishop and your transitional pastoral leader will work with you to find cooperative partners in your area.

Congregations in Transition
Amazing Grace - San Antonio
Atonement - San Antonio
Bethlehem - Elgin
Christ - Cherry Springs
Christ - Georgetown
Ebenezer - Maxwell
Elizabeth Beitel Memorial - San Antonio
Faith - Taft
Good News - San Antonio
Good Shepherd - San Antonio
Good Shepherd - Elsa
Grace - Sinton
Grace - Bandera
Highland Park - San Antonio
Hope - San Antonio
Hope Buckholts
Iglesia Luterana (San Lucas) - Eagle Pass
Iglesia Luterana (San Pablo) - San Antonio
Immanuel - Comfort
Lord of Life - Austin
Love of Christ - Weslaco
Lutheran Church of Resurrection - San Antonio
Lutheran Church of Resurrection - Wimberley
New Hope - Blanco
Peace - Woodsboro
People of Hope - Victoria
Salem - Austin
San Pablo - Weslaco
St John - Bishop
St John - Castell
St. John - Robstown
St John - San Juan
St John (Denhawken) - Stockdale
St John/San Juan - Austin
St Mark - Adkins
St Mark - Corpus Christi
St Paul - Tynan
St Paul - Karnes City
Trinity - San Antonio
Trinity - Victoria (congregation vote soon)
Trinity - Luling
Trinity - Mission