When a minister leaves his or her pastorate, we say that their former church is now ‘in settlement’, in other words, they are now looking to ‘settle’ a new minister. Whilst some churches advertise publically for a new pastor, the majority of our churches rely on our the Association to nominate potential candidates to the church.
Churches facing an upcoming pastoral vacancy are encouraged to contact the Association at the earliest opportunity.
A useful document which we have produced is called ‘When a Pastor Leaves’ – and the PDF can be downloaded here (link).
Pastoral vacancies are natural occurrences, and, whilst it can be hard to say farewell to a loved pastor, these should be seen as opportunities for spiritual growth within the congregation. We encourage our churches entering pastoral vacancies to embrace this time and to reflect deeply on what God is calling their church towards. In this, the Association provides services to assist churches in reflecting on ‘what next’ in terms of mission and ministry.
Phil Barnard, our Regional Team Leader, leads on matters of settlement.
Norman Kincaid, our association administrator, should be your first point of contact if you are going into pastoral vacancy. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
Enquiries about settlement
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