It was William Bridges who helpfully named that there is a difference between change and transition — change is situational, whereas transition is psychological. Change can happen in a moment, but transition — adapting to that change — lasts much longer. 

In this Weekly, we reflect on change and transition and, in particular, on vocational change and transition. First, D. Michael Lindsay describes what he learned through a 10-year interview project with top leaders about “hinge moments.” Then, Sam Wells offers us solutions to three of the most common challenges in times of transition. Next, Brian Blount helps us think through this question: “How does the Christian leader move successfully into a new leadership role that is significantly larger in scale and scope?” Finally, Dave Odom talks about how to take full advantage of transition times in our organizations. 

Welcome to the Weekly! 

Are you ready for your 'hinge moments'?

Are you ready for your ‘hinge moments’?

In a new book based on a 10-year study of top leaders, the incoming president of Taylor University argues that all of us face “hinge moments” — inflection points that have a disproportionate impact on our lives.

How to transition as a leader, in three acts

Transitions are tricky. Sam Wells knows that well. Here, he names three common transition challenges for leaders and offers solutions to those challenges.

Brian Blount: Focusing on relationships eases transition

How does a leader change jobs well? The president of Union-PSCE talks about adjusting to his role, the connections between ministry and administration and students as the impetus for innovation.

Take advantage of transitions

Institutional leaders and their colleagues can use the energy unleashed by a transition to encourage positive change. What processes can you put in place to make a difference?

From the Alban Library

Interim Ministry in Action: A Handbook for Churches in Transition

by Norman B. Bendroth

Interim Ministry in Action: A Handbook for Churches in Transition

Many churches today find themselves in frequent transition, whether due to the changing culture, the struggles of mainline churches or the changing nature of mission. “Interim Ministry in Action” helps guide churches and their leadership through these times of change. The book will guide readers step-by-step through the process of how and why to decide to call an interim minister, the process for deciding what’s next and more. Each chapter concludes with exercises for readers, search committees or boards to illustrate key themes and help them determine the best path forward.

Before you go…

Change is never easy, never simple. Yet a leader who is attuned to the nuances of transition can help their organization maximize the opportunities present in these times. 

Of course, after sixteen months of rapid change driven by multiple pandemics, now may be a season for institutional reflection on what you have learned — what went well, what could have been better and what you want to carry with you into your next change. 

Until next week, peace to you! 

Nathan Kirkpatrick

Managing Director, Alban at Duke Divinity

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