Gone are the days when pastors served the same church for decades. Seminary graduates and seasoned clergy will appreciate this practical research-based handbook on the spiritual, emotional, and familial considerations of ministry transition; dealing with search committees; preparing your resume; writing a letter of resignation; negotiating compensation; and more. Features charts and work sheets.
For most pastors and church staff members, gone are the days of serving at the same church for twenty or thirty years. Whats 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 isnt 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.
Michael J. Anthony is the President of Hume Ministries located at Hume Lake, CA. He is the former Vice Provost of Academic Development and Effectiveness at Biola University where he also served as Professor of Christian Education at Talbot School of Theology for 27 years. He is currently in his third term as President of the North American Professors of Christian Education. He has served on staff in various ministry leadership positions in five churches and currently serves as a consultant in leadership and administration to churches and many Christian nonprofit organizations. He is the author or editor of 14 books, including The Effective Church Board, The Evangelical Dictionary of Christian Education, and most recently, A Theology of Family Ministries.
Dr. Mick Boersma is associate professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology. He serves as the director of field education for the MDiv degree, where his primary responsibility is preparing ministry leaders to enter pastoral ministry. He is also the director of Talbots Seque Program, which provides ministry resources to thousands of Talbot alumni currently in ministry settings. He is a consultant to pastors in transition and to church boards seeking candidates for pastoral leadership.