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Pastors In Transition: Why Clergy Leave Local Church Ministry (Pulpit and Pew Series) [Paperback]

By Dean R. Hoge (Author) & Jacqueline E. Wenger (Author)
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Whether they leave out of preference for another ministry or due to serious conflict, pastors who relinquish parish ministry face misunderstanding and even hostility. Pastors in Transition brings clarity to this little-examined aspect of the pastorate by examining the main reasons why pastors in five Protestant denominations have left parish ministry. The fruit of careful sociological research, Pastors in Transition presents the findings of the largest-ever study of recently ended ministries. More than 900 ex-ministers, representing the Assemblies of God, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the United Methodist Church, were surveyed or interviewed. Besides gathering facts and figures, the book contains personal stories, forthright opinions, and concrete recommendations from former pastors for strengthening parish ministry in the future.

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Whether they leave out of preference for another ministry or due to serious conflict, pastors who relinquish parish ministry face misunderstanding and even hostility. Pastors in Transition brings clarity to this little-examined aspect of the pastorate by examining the main reasons why pastors in five Protestant denominations have left parish ministry. The fruit of careful sociological research, Pastors in Transition presents the findings of the largest-ever study of recently ended ministries. More than 900 ex-ministers, representing the Assemblies of God, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the United Methodist Church, were surveyed or interviewed. Besides gathering facts and figures, the book contains personal stories, forthright opinions, and concrete recommendations from former pastors for strengthening parish ministry in the future.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   257
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.73"
Weight:   0.81 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 2, 2005
Publisher   WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
Series  Pulpit And Pew  
ISBN  0802829082  
ISBN13  9780802829085  


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Dean R. Hoge, PhD, was a sociology professor at Catholic University who, over his storied career, helped write many influential studies of religion in America. Marti R. Jewell, DMin, was the director of the Emerging Models Project from 2003 to 2009. She is now on the faculty of the School of Ministry at the University of Dallas.

Dean R. Hoge was born in 1937 and died in 2008.

Dean R. Hoge has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership


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Not for Most Evangelicals  Mar 27, 2007
I am not too crazy about this book. Part of it might be that I am not the target readership. I thought I was when I ordered it.

Since the book was published by Eerdmans, I thought it would focus on the pastorate from a more conservative, evangelical angle. This book might be somewhat helpful if you are ELCA, PCUSA United Methodist (denominations not dominated by evangelicals ), or Assemblies of God or LCMS (the only two evangelical denomonimation given any significant attention, but denominatons not really in evangelicalism's theological center). If you are GARB, Evangelical Free, Baptist General Conference, CMA, nondenominational (which is what I am), or even SBC, it becomes more difficult to connect to this book. Even though the authors occasionally mention the SBC and more so, the Assemblies of God, it seems to me that they are not comfortable outside the mainlines....almost as though they tacked on these groups becasue they felt they must. I wonder if they really understand (or countenance) the more conservative groups or even know what to do with non-denominationals.

Although we are all human beings, I think this book is probably more relevant to pastors in these denominaitons and will probably be enjoyed by more seminary professors and denominational leaders than by pastors. A much, much better read for evangelical pastors who want clear cut direction is H.B. London's, "Pastors At Risk."
 
Helpful Information  Jan 9, 2007
As a pastor in transition, I found this book somewhat helpful. It was good to hear other people's stories. The main thing I did not like about this book, however, is that it was pretty boring. While statistical information can be helpful, I found the analysis pretty dry. Personally, I learn a lot from anecdotes (and also find them more interesting to read!), so if you're looking for a good read, this is not it. But if you are a pastor in transition, it may be helpful for you. Also, the 5 denominations the authors looked at were: Assemblies of God, ELCA, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Presbyterian Church USA, and UMC. I am not in one of those 5 - I am UCC - so some of the information was relevant, but not all of it.
 

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