Beginning Ministry Together

Author: Roy M. Oswald
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1566994748
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Beginning Ministry Together is about the transition period between the announcement that one pastor is leaving and the time when another pastor is well settled. The message brought by Roy Oswald and colleagues Jim and Ann Heath is that this is not an impossible time to be survived only with a lot of expert help. Rather, even though the task is complex, committed congregational leaders can handle it—with the help of people who have been on this journey before. Oswald describes how clergy and congregations can better end and begin pastorates. He shows them how to say good-bye and discern their needs for the future—how to use the open space between pastorates for evaluation and preparation for a new day.

Transitional Ministry Today

Author: Norman B. Bendroth
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1566997518
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Transitional ministry can be tremendously helpful for congregations in times of change, and yet, to be successful today transitional ministers and churches need to take into account the major changes in the religious landscape. This book offers ten essays to help transitional ministers and congregations understand the current climate and transition successfully.

Interim Ministry in Action

Author: Norman B. Bendroth
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1538105004
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Interim Ministry in Action offers a practical guide for churches in times of transition. It takes readers step-by-step through the process of how and why to call an interim minister, deciding what’s next, making the most of opportunities for change, and more. An essential resource for congregations considering change.

Leadership Handbook of Management and Administration

Author: James D. Berkley
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 0801068142
Format: PDF
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This revised and expanded edition of a proven ministry resource contains new contributions from Leith Anderson, Rick Warren, Brian McLaren, Luis Palau, John Ortberg, Aubrey Malphurs, and many others.

The Pastoral Search Journey

Author: John Vonhof
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 156699666X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Most churches have sought out a new pastor many times, yet search committees often feel as though they are inventing the process from scratch. In The Pastoral Search Journey, John Vonhof provides detailed guidance for search committees to ensure a good match between pastor and congregation. This is Vonhof's third book about the pastoral search -- but the first to discuss interim pastors, transitions between pastors, and the use of the Internet and digital media. Vonhof advises congregational leaders on establishing the search committee; ensuring the congregation is cared for during the pastoral vacancy; conducting the congregational self-study and creating an information packet; finding, communicating with, and interviewing candidates; determining selection criteria as well as evaluating and recommending candidates; managing call negotiations; and finally welcoming the congregation s new pastor. Sample letters, forms, and other tools are provided.

Running Through the Thistles

Author: Roy M. Oswald
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1566996228
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Can how you leave a church affect your feelings about leaving or create baggage you take to your new congregation? Gain insight into termination styles and how they affect both you and your parishioners.

Saying Goodbye

Author: Edward A. White
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1566996244
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Leaving a pastorate is hard on both congregation and pastor. Learn how to make this transition a growth experience for all. Written for congregations and pastors, Saying Goodbye skillfully weaves accounts from clergy, laity, and educators of seven denominations with White's own insight as a former General Presbyter to create a resource for meaningful and healthy partings. Includes examples of a "farewell" worship service and litany for closure of a ministry.

Temporary Shepherds

Author: Roger S. Nicholson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1566996465
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Effective interim ministry depends on strong partnership between the interim minster and congregation. Lay leaders of congregations preparing for such a transition will value the expert guidance provided by over a dozen experienced interim pastors. What is interim ministry all about? What needs to happen during the interim? What should leaders and members expect from the interim pastor and themselves during this transition? What other resources are available for congregations?

New Beginnings

Author: Roy M. Oswald
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1566995892
Format: PDF, ePub
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Roy Oswald, who ministers to pastors with great compassion, perceptiveness, and skill, now brings eight more years of field experience to an updated edition of "New Beginnings." Important new material includes: More wisdom about how to take care of yourself in the midst of the stress of transition...how to get clear about your role in your new parish...how to get along with people you don't like (as well as people you DO like)...how to celebrate with the search committee. Getting off to a good start in your new pastorate is crucial. If you have moved or are about to move into a new parish ministry, this workbook will help you take advantage of the special opportunities and avoid the pitfalls in the first 18 months of a pastorate.

Governance and Ministry

Author: Dan Hotchkiss
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1566997712
Format: PDF
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Governance and Ministry has proven to be an indispensable guide for leaders and clergy on how to work together to lead congregations. In this second edition, veteran congregational consultant and minister Dan Hotchkiss updates the book to reflect today’s church and synagogue landscape and shares practical insights based on his work with readers of the first edition. Governance and Ministry highlights the importance of reaching the right governance model for a congregation to fulfill its mission—to achieve both the outward results and the inward quality of life to which it is called. Hotchkiss draws on governance research from business, non-profits, and churches, as well as deep experience in a variety of denominations and congregations to help readers determine the governance model that best fits their needs. The second edition has been streamlined and reorganized to better help readers think through leadership models and the process of change. The book features new material on the implications of congregation size, the process of governance change, policy choices, and the lay-clergy relationship. It also features two appendices with resources often requested by Hotchkiss’s consulting clients: a style guide for policy-makers and a unified example of a board policy book. Written with energy and humor, and offering plenty of practical examples, the second edition of this helpful resource is ideal for anyone involved in church leadership to assist in framing critical questions, creating a vision, and implementing a plan.