Hi, I’m Karl, and I’m still a small church pastor. But I won’t be in the first chair much longer.
On Sunday, my long-time youth pastor, Gary Garcia and I presented a plan for him to become the lead pastor of Cornerstone. I will stay on at the church, assuming the position of teaching pastor.
It was a great day, filled with surprises, tears, stunned silence, laughter, hugs, relief, uncertainty…
All the feels.
Pastoral transition is one of the most dangerous times in a congregation’s life. Probably more local churches have seen their mission and ministry crippled or ended by bad pastoral transitions than all other reasons combined.
Some of this is because the western church has a far-too-heavy reliance on the pastor’s role. Unlike many of my friends (and a lot of faithful readers), I don’t believe the pastor-led model of church is wrong. But we need to do it better. Especially in the hand-off.