Moving On: A Guide for Pastors in Transition

Moving On: A Guide for Pastors in Transition

by Michael J. Anthony
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0310267765

ISBN-13: 2900310267767

Pub. Date: 05/22/2007

Publisher: Zondervan

For most pastors and church staff members, gone are the days of serving at the same church for twenty or thirty years. What's more, the landscape of pastoral hiring has changed, with the advent of more sophisticated search committees, the Internet, and professional search firms. But the fine art of changing churches or moving to a new career isn't something most of us

Overview

For most pastors and church staff members, gone are the days of serving at the same church for twenty or thirty years. What's more, the landscape of pastoral hiring has changed, with the advent of more sophisticated search committees, the Internet, and professional search firms. But the fine art of changing churches or moving to a new career isn't something most of us learned in seminary.

Whether you are searching for your first position or are a seasoned veteran wrestling with if, when, and how to move on, Moving On, Moving Forward will help you navigate the ins and outs of the ministry employment maze. Based on research with nearly 200 pastors who themselves have gone through transitions in ministry, this book uniquely addresses the needs of people in ministry. It deals with the crucial and sometimes painful emotional and familial issues involved in ministry transition. And it is immensely practical and informed by many real-life examples. Topics covered include dealing with search committees, writing a letter of resignation, preparing a resume, negotiating compensation, and more. Includes charts and worksheets.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900310267767
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
05/22/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction........................................................................................................11
Acknowledgments.....................................................................................................18
Part 1: Preparing for the Journey 1. Traveling by the Book A Christian View of Vocation..............................................................21
2. I Have a Dream Personal Mission, Vision, and Values.............................................................36
3. Anatomy of a Carry-on Bag Gifts, Personality, Talents, and Temperament..........................................51
4. How to Get There from Here Drafting the Travel Itinerary........................................................62
5. Caution! Turbulent Weather Ahead Changing Expectations of the Twenty-First-Century Church.......................73
Part 2: Where Are You Now? 6. Paradise Lost Knowing When It's Time to Leave...................................................................85
7. Mapping Your Course Developing Your Exit Strategy...............................................................100
8. Getting Away from It All Writing Your Letter of Resignation.....................................................113
9. Getting Your Travel Documents in Order Considering Insurance, Medical, and Retirement Needs.....................125
Part 3: Where Do You Want to Be? 10. Asking Yourself the Tough Questions Hanging Up the Collar......................................................137
11. Dragging Your Family to the Magic Kingdom Addressing Family Issues That Can't Be Ignored.......................150
12. UpdatingYour Passport Revising Your Resume....................................................................162
13. Communicating Your Travel Plans Networking with Friends and Colleagues.........................................176
14. Unexpected Detours Exploring the Ins and Outs of Midlife Career Change.........................................187
Part 4: Getting There from Here 15. Using a Travel Agent Dealing with Professional Search Firms....................................................201
16. The Long Wait till Dawn Dealing with the Church Search Committee...............................................213
17. Are We Almost There? Preparing for the Interviewing Process....................................................224
18. Scouting the Land of Milk and Honey Visiting the Church and Community..........................................237
19. Obeying the Tour Guide Discerning God's Call...................................................................249
20. Can I Afford This Trip? Negotiating the Compensation Package...................................................255
21. Arriving at Your Destination Getting Settled in Your New Community.............................................271
Appendix: Advice from Fellow Travelers..............................................................................283
Notes...............................................................................................................290

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