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Before You Move: A Guide to Making Transitions in Ministry
The average tenure for senior pastors is five years, while most youth pastors remain at their jobs less than two years. Why do pastors change churches so frequently when church analysts agree that longer tenures enhance ministry effectiveness? What prompts them to move and is every move a right one? How can pastors adequately assess their situation in order to make wiser c ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Kregel Academic & Professional
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The title might lead you to think this is only for those considering moving to a new church, but in reality it is a great resource for any "move" one makes as a church leader. Most beneficial is that it has a few audits for assessing your current effectiveness in ministry.
A thoughtful book. Written specifically with senior pastors in mind, the principles apply to any staff who lead volunteers. Deals with signs to move on or stay, questions for churches to ask candidates, candidates to ask church search committees, moving from associate to senior, senior to associate, full time ministry to the work force, retirement, and other helpful evaluation principles. It's the kind of book you own and don't lend to someone- you may not get it back.
Mar 24, 2012 Pat Roseman rated it 2 of 5 stars
I got this from my mission because I thought it would have some insight into when and if to make a change in ministry, as a missionary (since there are a lot of parallels between being a missionary and being in the pastorate). But it really is written more for pastors who are considering changing churches. There are some good things mentioned in some of the chapters that apply to both ministries, but not many.