From 2007 to 2018, Jim Ozier was Director of New Church Development and Congregational Transformation for the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. A clergyperson for nearly 50 years, he co-authored The Changeover Zone: Successful Pastoral Transitions (Abingdon, 2016) and Clip-In: Risking Hospitality in Your Church (Abingdon Press, 2014).

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We attend dozens of worship services in different churches every year. Way too often we hear the preachers implore along the scripted lines: “Come back…