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How much notice should a resigning pastor give his church?
« on: July 29, 2013, 01:38:44 AM »
While away for the weekend, I visited a very small Baptist church that had just finished building their new building, and are in debt.

After the service they had a business meeting and the pastor gave his resignation to the church saying next week was his last week.

By the reaction of the members, they did not know this in advance.

Was this irresponsible?

How long is an appropriate notice for a pastor to give his resignation?
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Re: How much notice should a resigning pastor give his church?
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2013, 02:59:18 AM »
I've had 2 pastors resigned growing up and I believe a week notice was given....its heart breaking to go through this.. and to leave a church in debt not good

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Re: How much notice should a resigning pastor give his church?
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2013, 07:28:06 AM »
That's too little notice, I too agree that leaving a church in debt is not good. In can be difficult to know if a pastor has another call, until he's actually voted in as pastor. Still though, as much notice as possible should be given. I would say that if a pastor is actively interviewing with the intention of leaving, he should let the church know.

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Re: How much notice should a resigning pastor give his church?
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2013, 08:05:57 AM »
Depends on why the pastor is leaving. A month might be not sufficient, a day might be necessary.
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Re: How much notice should a resigning pastor give his church?
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2013, 08:25:59 AM »
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Re: How much notice should a resigning pastor give his church?
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2013, 10:17:47 AM »
It would depend on the specifics of the situation.
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Re: How much notice should a resigning pastor give his church?
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2013, 12:50:22 PM »
It would depend on the specifics of the situation.
When we have faced changes among our Pastors in the past, I have found that 'lame duck' periods aren't profitable for anyone.

I guess maybe Schaap didn't give enough time either...

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Re: How much notice should a resigning pastor give his church?
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2013, 01:50:48 PM »
Was this irresponsible?

Of course it's irresponsible. The purpose of giving suitable notice is to allow your employer sufficient time to plan for your exit, and smooth the transition to your successor, if that is possible.

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How long is an appropriate notice for a pastor to give his resignation?

Our previous senior pastor gave about two months. That seemed short to me, but then again, he was there for 15 years!  Also, the elders were notified before he went public.

What is appropriate is sufficient time for the church leaders that are left to plan for his absence - lining up guest speakers, organinzing a pulpit search committee, and so forth.
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Re: How much notice should a resigning pastor give his church?
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2013, 02:38:35 PM »

If he plans for his son to take over, which happens so often, then no notice is needed.

When did it become common practice for the son to become the next pastor.

I can name 20 churches where this has happened & many more were it split churches.

Is this practice limited to fundamental baptist or common practice in all churches.

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Re: How much notice should a resigning pastor give his church?
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2013, 07:34:37 PM »

Concerning a pastors resignation or unexpected death, what should happen next.

After a church has prayed and fasted for a time & truly sought his will and direction, How should the next pastor be chosen.

What are some of the steps that should take place and what are some the most important procedures that should be followed. 

What should a pastor do to prepare his church for the day when he will no longer lead them.