Pastoral Transitions

Beginning Ministry Together: The Alban Handbook for Clergy Transitions (book).
Roy M. Oswald, James M. Heath, and Ann W. Heath. Bethesda, MD: The Alban Institute, 2003.
Explores the transition period between the announcement that one pastor is leaving and the time when another pastor is well established.

Critical Moment of Ministry: A Change of Pastors (book).
Loren B. Mead. Bethesda, MD: The Alban Institute, 1986.
Based on extensive learning from the Alban Institute, this book emphasizes the opportunities for change presented during a pastoral transition.

The Once and Future Pastor (book).
William C. Hobgood. Bethesda, MD: The Alban Institute, 1999.
Offers suggestions for clergy to pastor churches in the post-Christendom society.

Temporary Shepherds: A Congregational Handbook for Interim Ministry (book).
Roger S. Nicholson, editor. Bethesda, MD: The Alban Institute, 1998.
The time between permanent pastors can be a time of renewal and change for a congregation. This book offers an analysis of the opportunities and challenges presented and the unique role an interim minister plays.

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