Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Primary Subject Area
Religion, General; Religion, Clergy; Sociology, Organizational
Interim Pastor, Transitional Pastor
Christianity | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Religion | Sociology
Gardner, Keith, "Effective Transitional Ministry Plan: Pastoral Leadership in the 21st Century Church" (2012). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 625.
The short term nature of the role of transitional pastor allows them to address spiritual deficiencies, provide spiritual corrections and prepare a congregation for change within a shorter time frame than normally required. Having served as a transitional pastor this writer believes the real calling of transitional ministry is to strengthen the church and place it on an effective path for the cause of Christ. Writing on this topic will provide an outline for what a successful transitional ministry plan should look like. This project will include pastoral surveys and interviews that identify spiritual deficiencies and provide biblical solutions for congregational problems. The result will be a step-by-step action plan to guide transitional pastors in effective short-term ministry. The desired outcome is to spiritually reposition the Twenty-first century church so it embraces the future ministry and impacts the world for Christ.