Passing the Baton: April 27-29, 2015 – Dallas

“Becoming a Successful 2nd Pastor” & “Transitions in Long-Tenured Pastorates”
Passing the Baton

Location: North Texas Annual Conference
500 Maplelawn Dr. Plano TX 75075
Date: April 27-29, 2015

Early Registration: $279.00
Cost after March 31, 2015: $329.00
Meals and lodging on your own.

Co-Sponsored by: The North Texas Conference & PATH

What happens when a long-tenured pastor leaves? What happens when a new church goes through its first pastoral change? This Griffith Coaching Network workshop addresses both questions.

This seminar is based on Jim’s experience coaching pastors going through transitions and working with dozens of 2nd Pastors. It also incorporates the nationwide study by the Lewis Center on 2nd Pastors following founders.

Pre-Day Workshops for District Superintendents and Developers.
Monday, April 27, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
$95 if attending pre-day only

Learn successful transition strategies for any pastoral change

  • Understanding the “Change Over Zone” and how to manage it
  • Key essentials for long-tenured pastoral changes
  • The role of the District Superintendent, the exiting pastor, the arriving pastor and the church, for a smooth transition.

The 6 Essential Characteristics of a 2nd Pastor Following a Founder

  • 6 cautions for the Church when transitioning for the first time.
  • 5 realities Cabinets face in a first pastoral transition.
  • “Saying Goodbye, Saying Hello”

Potential 2nd Pastors, District Superintendents and Developers.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The 4 questions that cause a 2nd pastor anxiety and how to answer them.

  • Pre-appointment protocol
  • Getting a running start!
  • How to celebrate the past while building a future
  • How to learn the culture of the church…and expand its vision.
  • Strategic preaching to get started


Jim OzierJim Ozier followed a Founding Pastor at Trietsch Memorial UMC in Flower Mound, Texas. When he left 18 years later, it had grown from 700 members to more than 4,000. He is currently responsible for starting new churches in the fast growing Dallas area. An associate of Griffith Coaching Network, Jim specializes in assessing and coaching 2nd Pastors Following Founder.


Jim GriffithJim Griffith has been coaching new start pastors and their teams since 1995. He works in 51 annual conferences, as well as other groups.



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