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. General Commission on Religion and Race
  2. Appointment Invitation and Introductory Meeting with SPRC
    1. District Superintendent to New Pastor Phone Call
    2. District Superintendent to SPRC Chair Phone Call
    3. Pre-Introductory Meeting Dinner
    4. Introductory Meeting with SPRC
    5. District Superintendent Post-Introductory 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 of New Pastor
    1. Diversity Development and Inclusion Process
    2. Move-In Day for New Pastor
      1. Hospitality Do’s and Don’ts
      2. Press Release
    3. First Sunday of New Appointment
      1. Celebration of New Appointment
      2. 50 Ways to Welcome Your Pastor
  7. Ongoing Support
    1. CORR Process
    2. Monthly SPRC Meetings
    3. Welcoming Suggestions to Nurture Pastor/Church Relationship
  8. Transition Check-in
    1. One-to-One with District Superintendent
    2. District Superintendent with SPRC