New Beginnings: A Pastorate Start-Up Workbook

by Roy M. Oswald. Rowman & Littlefield, 1989.

Pastors ignore the dynamics of their first twelve to eighteen months in a new church setting at their own peril, and this text is a gracious and helpful book leading pastors through that key period. The author encourages pastors to slow down and examine the emotions that they and their families bring to the moving experience. The book contains material as diverse as a stress measure, an examination of personal entry style, and an analysis of role expectations, all in an engaging workbook format. 'New Beginnings' would be a very helpful asset to any thoughtful pastor who is preparing to move and determined to make that change a faithful and healthy one for self, family, and congregation.