Vital Conversations: Pastoral Transitions on May 5, 2021

April 27, 2021

We live in liminal times … The unusual circumstances of the COVID-19 crisis raise many questions about how to transition from one congregation to the next when many congregants are sheltering in place, many churches have suspended in-person worship, and normal patterns of engagement and activities are disrupted. Please join Superintendent Jeff Rainwater as he welcomes Rev. Dr. Bob Kaylor to this Vital Conversations on Pastoral Transitions on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 11:30am. Topics will include:   


 • Leaving and Starting Well  in the Midst of “Coronatide"

 • The Critical First 90 Days of a New Pastoral Appointment

 • Developing a Transition Team and Achieving Early Wins

 • Additional Considerations

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Rev. Dr. Bob Kaylor is a native western Pennsylvanian, born in Pittsburgh and raised in and around Slippery Rock, PA. He earned a BA in History from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1986, was commissioned as an Infantry officer in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard through Army ROTC in 1984, and served in the 28th Infantry Division. After several years of soldiering and working civilian jobs in commercial radio, corporate security, and youth ministry, Bob felt a call to ordained ministry and entered Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY, graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1995. He was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 1997 and is a clergy member of the Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church. He served churches in Carlisle, PA, Colorado Springs, CO, and Park City, UT, before being appointed as Lead Pastor at Tri-Lakes UMC in 2010. Bob earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2012, writing his dissertation on clergy leadership transitions. In addition to being Lead Pastor at Tri-Lakes UMC, Bob is also the Senior Writer for the bi-monthly preaching journal Homiletics and author of Your Best Move: Effective Leadership Transition for the Local Church, published by Seedbed.. He has published curriculum through the United Methodist Publishing House, including the book Come to the Manger in 2008. He has also written for the Upper Room Disciplines and for a variety of periodicals. Bob is also host of the “Wednesdays with Wesley” podcast. Please visit his website at