Article by: Rachel Ringenberg Miller, Denominational minister for ministerial leadership for Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral transitions are a natural part of congregational life. At some point, your pastor will leave. They will leave for all sorts of reasons, and the majority of reasons have nothing to do with the congregation. In my own case, I still deeply care for both of the congregations I served in as pastor. I left these churches, because God was calling me elsewhere, and I had to follow. The same is likely for your pastor. God is calling them, and they have to follow.

There is beauty, and there is sadness, in a pastoral transition.

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