The Graceful Exit: A Pastor's Journey from Good-bye to Hello

by Mary C. Lindberg. Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.
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When spiritual director and author Rev. Mary Lindberg resigned her pastorate, she experienced a plethora of issues, challenges, and emotions, yet found few resources to help her make a “graceful exit” or manage the vocational transition. Lindberg wrote the resource she wished she had had: a guide for pastors as they journey through self-discovery and reconciliation with their past, present, and future. The book is divided into three parts. Sub-topics include tending to the pastor’s family, identity issues, and finding new life. Lindberg shares scripture, her own story, and stories from other clergy that are full of insights and wisdom. Reflection questions help readers untangle and appreciate their own experiences and find their way into the future. This is a must-read for pastors from numerous religious traditions and in every stage of their ministry. Additionally, it is for lay people who want to understand the dynamics surrounding clergy departures.