lead pastor



This is part two of two posts regarding how associates can be helpful to a congregation as a transition in lead pastors occurs. As the season of pastoral change approaches for us United Methodists, Seedbed Publishing has released a new resource authored by Robert Kaylor, the lead pastor with whom I serve. […]

Changes in lead pastor – Part 2: Saying Hello to ...


Several times as an associate pastor, I have walked through the valley of the shadow of a change in lead pastor. It is inevitable for all of us who stay in the role long enough. Lead pastors announce their intention to retire, get called to new ministries, or receive the […]

Changes in lead pastor – Part 1: The Announcement and ...



One of the tasks of the associate is to “hold down the fort” while the lead pastor takes a leave for sabbatical, continuing education, vacation, illness, and the like. This can be a trying time for the associate, and a tricky time to manage. The demands on your time will […]

Holding down the fort