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

Best For

Christian clergy, seminarians


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • 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 is president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations – of which the CRG is a program. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. 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 Learns.

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