Monday, September 05, 2011
Monday Extra: Breaking the News
How do you break the news to a congregation?
The news might be good or bad, or good for you and not so good for the congregation, or something you think will worry them that turns out not to bother the church at all -- a pregnancy or adoption, a serious medical diagnosis, a new relationship/marriage, coming out, a separation/divorce or some other change of personal circumstances.
Depending on your denomination, you might have the support of a Bishop or Conference Minister or District Superintendent or Presbyter, or you might have no one beyond the local level to provide guidance or even just presence.
You may have a Pastoral Relations or Pastor-Parish Relations Committee to consult, or you may be dealing directly with a Vestry, Session, Consistory or Council.
If you've been through the experience of announcing something ordinarily considered personal, or observed a good way to handle breaking the news, please join the conversation in the comments.
(Monday Meet and Greet will appear next week.)