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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


Dr. Marshall Fant is focused on strengthening the American church through church consulting and revitalization, the interim pastor ministry, and church planting. Dr. Fant has 21 years of experience as a pastor and 20 years of experience as a business owner. Dr. Fant earned a D.Min. from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Bob Jones University, and a B.S. in administrative management from Clemson University. He is certified as a church consultant with the Society for Church Consulting. He is available to meet with pastors and church leadership at their church or by phone. Marshall and Gretchen have been married since 1981 and have five grown children and twelve grandchildren.