Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Online via Zoom, 9:00 a.m.-Noon
Welcome to the Rio Texas Virtual Right Start event! It’s the time of year when itinerancy kicks in for real, and pastors moving to new appointments are faced with finding packing boxes, cleaning out files, saying goodbye, and saying hello. This year, all those normal functions of itineracy are complicated by COVID-19—distancing and cleaning requirements, as well as a concern for persons most vulnerable to the disease.
Right Start is a tool for you during this time of transition, adapted to help you meet the special challenges of 2020. You will gather virtually with other colleagues who are moving, to worship together, share experiences, and learn best practices for taking care of yourself and your churches, making your move as healthy and positive as possible.
Due to the importance of this change in your life and the life of the church,
your participation in Right Start is expected.
We hope Right Start will help us all live into the expectations that our bishop has shared with us—that our work stay Christ-centered, that we strive for fruitfulness and excellence, and that we work in ways that are collaborative and accountable. We need each other on this journey.
Lovett Weems podcast (35 minutes), “Leaving Well and Starting Strong: Planning for an Effective Pastoral Transition”
Video: Bishop Schnase's reflections on pastoral transitions (also available below)
Video: Karen Horan and Kendall Waller discuss reaching the community (also available below)
Schedule will include regular breaks from Zoom!
9:15 Opening worship
Conversation regarding leaving well and starting well
10:15 Review of resources
MissionInsite demographic reports (Reports for new local church appointments will be sent via email)
Connecting with the community
11:15 Reflections on transition with Bishop Schnase
11:45 Closing prayers and reminders for self-care
Thursday, May 21
10:00-noon First-time appointees Zoom with Isabel Muñoz, Conference Associate Director of Human Resources and Benefits
(Invitation will come from Isabel, email@example.com.)
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