Item description for Before You Move: A Guide to Making Transitions in Ministry by John Cionca...
Overview The average tenure for senior pastors is five years, while most youth pastors remain at their jobs less than two years. Why do pastors change churches so frequently when church analysts agree that longer tenures enhance ministry effectiveness? What prompts them to move and is every move a right one? How can pastors adequately assess their situation in order to make wiser choices when considering a change? How can they make necessary transitions as smoothly as possible? These and other practical questions are addressed in this valuable guidebook for ministry leaders. Based on surveys and interviews with hundreds of pastors, as well as ten years of experience counseling leaders in transition, Dr. Cionca provides a compendium of wisdom for those considering or entering a ministry transition. Topics include: the myth of the greener grass, lack of clarity regarding the will of God and call to ministry, unrealistic expectations on the part of the pastor and/or the people, and a lack of self-awareness and healthy evaluative feedback. Practical advice that applies to every vocational ministry leader Spans transitions from those considering ministry to those preparing for retiremen Author has both personal experience with ministry transitions and ten years of counseling others in the midst of similar situations Features real life stories, charts, worksheets, and evaluative checklists
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Before You Move Aug 24, 2009
I am currently a student of Cionca and his understanding of church structures is amazing. And as a young person in the preparation process of going into ministry, this book gave me a look into the future on how ministry will look like. With the insight of this book you see the good, the bad, and the ugly of ministry and you are given practical steps on considering ministry transitions. This is a must read for pastors who are trying to figure out if they should or should not make a move to a new church. As the book illustrates, "the grass is not always greener on the other side."
Great resource whether you're moving or staying put. Nov 10, 2007
This book was helpful on several levels: -for the pastor questioning whether or not to leave a current ministry. -for the pastor who is eager to make changes within his/her current ministry. -for those who've recently arrived to a new ministry and need a healthy start. -for those looking to assess their effectiveness in their current ministry.
A very practical guide for more than just "moving." In fact, it is worth reading well before you're considering a move.
If your in discernment process - a very good read Mar 22, 2006
I especially liked the early chapters that try to guide you through the different aspects of discerning how things are going in your present situation and if it is time to move on. The "tests" to try to objectify the process were much too simply. The chapters recognized the complexity of these kinds of situations and really helped me think further about my situation. The second part of the book talks about different kinds of moves - into different kinds of ministries or even out of "paid" ministry. If you are in the middle of this discernment process then this book can really help to bring things into better focus.