Entering Wonderland: A Toolkit for Pastors New to a Church

by Robert A. Harriss. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.


This resource is written for pastors in a new congregation, helping them assess trust level, learning how to deal with difficult behavior, and how to best get to know parishioners.


worksheets, assignments, 50-plus tips on how a pastor can be effective during the first year of ministry

Recommended Audience

Christian clergy, seminarian


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Help acclimate pastors to a new congregation by providing them with this tool.
  • Increase the effectiveness of a new pastor.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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