Cross Racial/Cross Cultural Appointment

This resource page is provided for all people involved in a Cross Racial/Cross Cultural appointment including the District Superintendent, the incoming pastor, the SPRC committee, the outgoing pastor, and the local congregation. The resources are intended to help nurture and sustain a healthy, positive appointment for both the pastor and the church. Resources will be added as they become available.


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  1. General Resources
    1. Learning From Strangers, Pastor and Laity Edition
    2. Learning from Strangers, Cabinet Edition
    3. Crossings: Ministry in a Cross Racial/Cross-Cultural Context (Eastern PA Conference)
    4. This is Our Story, This is Our Song
    5. General Commission on Religion and Race
  2. Appointment Invitation and Introductory Meeting with Staff Parish Relations Committee
    1. District Superintendent to New Pastor Phone Call
    2. District Superintendent to Staff Parish Relations Committee Phone Call
    3. Pre-Introductory Meeting Dinner
    4. Guidelines for Introductory Meeting with the Staff Parish Relations Committee
    5. District Superintendent Post-Introductory SPRC Meeting Follow-up
  3. Announcement of New Appointment
    1. Announcement Guidelines
  4. Spiritual Preparation by Church
    1. Prayer Preparation by the Congregation
      1. Week 1: Announcement of New Pastor
      2. Week 2: Supporting the New Pastor and Family
      3. Week 3: Preparing the Heart of the Congregation
      4. Week 4: Celebrating a New Partnership
    2. Devotional
    3. Sermon Starters
    4. Other Resources (Link to GCORR page)
  5. Topics for Reflection and Discussion
    1. Outgoing Pastor/Church Leadership
    2. Incoming Pastor
    3. District Superintendent
  6. Onboarding Meeting of New Pastor
    1. Onboarding Process by Coordinator of Diversity Development and Inclusion
    2. Checklist for Onboarding Meeting
    3. Onboarding Assessment - Church Evaluation
    4. Letter outlining Plan to District Superintendent, Staff-Parish Relations Committee, and Incoming Pastor
    5. Letter of invitation to join a CR/CC clergy support group from Bishop to the incoming pastor
  7. Arrival of New Pastor to the Appointment
    1. Move-In Day for New Pastor
      1. Hospitality Do’s and Don’ts
      2. Press Release
    2. First Sunday of New Appointment
      1. Celebration of New Appointment
      2. 50 Ways to Welcome Your Pastor
  8. Ongoing Support
    1. Initial Assessment/Modules and Training
    2. Add Timetable for Tracks
    3. CORR Process (updated to reflect tracks and initial assessment)
    4. Support for Clergy (monthly clergy group, etc.)