I am just wondering, for those of you who may be associate pastors or deacons with a primary appointment to a church, what has been your experience of your role during a pastoral change of the head pastor?
I'm a deacon with a primary appointment to a local church, and the pastor has recently announced his upcoming retirement this June. I am experiencing some confusion about what my role is in the pastoral change process and have not been able to get straight answers from folks here or from the Discipline. This leads me to think there probably is no one protocol for this, and it may just be handled differently depending on the traditions and orientations of the church staff, conference, DS, and Bishop in each case. So that's why I'm asking here, to find out if any of you have experienced this and how it worked for you.
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