Methodist churches get their ministers by appointment from a bishop. After every annual conference, lots of congregations get a new minister. For all you Methodist readers who still have the same staff you had before, if your senior pastor has been appointed to his or her seventh year, chances are better than even that you will have a new one this time next year. Not everyone will be happy with the new minister. Some folks will wind up leaving that congregation.
Many other Protestant denominations call their own pastors. Changes of pastorates occur at less predictable intervals. They can be very messy if a bare majority of the church wants to dismiss a pastor.… Read the rest