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Transitioning Purposefully: How to Retire

Monday, August 9, 2021 | Guest: Bruce McAllister |

With the coming shortage of Christian workers, how should a pastor nearing retirement prepare his church and family for a transition? Is there anything pastors in their 40s and 50s should be doing now in order to eventually pass the leadership baton effectively? In this podcast, Marshall Fant discusses with Bruce McAllister practical ways for younger and older pastors to be prayerful and intentional in preparing for a transition. They advise men who are retiring to continue serving the Lord by transitioning TO a ministry, not just out of a ministry. Bruce McAllister has served as GFA's Director of Ministry Relations since 2018 and has nearly four decades of experience with ministerial students. Both Marshall Fant and Bruce McAllister are passionate about serving the American church with the challenges it faces today. 

GFA recommends the following resources to guide churches and pastors in transitions. 

For further discussion, you can contact Bruce McAllister here and Marshall Fant here

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About the host

Dr. Marshall Fant

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Dr. Marshall Fant leads the Church Consulting and Revitalization Program at GFA, which is a special outreach ministry to assist healthy churches with strategic planning and revitalize struggling ones. As a certified church consultant, he is available to work with churches on leadership, disciple-making, financial, and facility challenges. Dr. Fant has 21 years of pastoral experience. He and his wife Gretchen replanted Harvest Baptist Church in Rock Hill, SC, in 1996, and saw it grow from an average attendance of 12 to 260 people. Marshall and Gretchen Fant have been married since 1981. They have five grown children and ten grandchildren.