Changing Pastors: A Resource for Pastoral Transitions

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1998 - Religion - 178 pages
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The strongest parishes have pastors with a mission and goals that are supported and enhanced by their parishioners. A change in pastors threatens to upset a nicely balanced applecart. To make sure the essential mission of the parish keeps moving forward, outgoing and incoming pastors and parishioners need to manage the transition. This book offers a new method for transition that allows time for the parish and the outgoing pastor to grieve the loss, an interim period between pastors for the parishioners to reflect, and a time for the parishioners and the new pastor to discover what they can offer each other.

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Give Transition Its Due
Transition as a Way of Life
Gathering the Ingredients Together
Preparing to Say Goodbye
The Chaos and Creativity of the Interim
May I Have This Dance?
Could We Do This on Our Own?
Wisdom for the Journey
Times of Transition
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Thomas P. Sweetser, S.J., is a writer, popular conference presenter, and the founder and director of the Milwaukee-based Parish Evaluation Project. He holds a Ph.D. from Chicago Theological Seminary in a program of study combining sociology, theology, and group process.