The opening months of a new pastorate are decisive for how that ministry will unfold, so great care should be taken to begin wisely and well. This book for pastors starting out at a new church offers specific, down-to-earth principles and guidance on how to lay a solid foundation for years of fruitful ministry.
Drawing on twenty-five years of parish ministry during which he has mentored many new and transitioning pastors, Lawrence Farris here provides ten guidelines illustrated with relevant examples that make clear potential pitfalls and how to avoid them. Such areas as preaching, pastoral care, self-care, community and denominational commitments, and role clarity are addressed with an emphasis on practical approaches to ministry in a new setting. Readers will also get clear advice on how to learn the new congregation and its setting, how to set appropriate personal and professional boundaries, and how to stay focused on what matters most in a new ministry.
Lively, practical, and concise, "Ten Commandments for Pastors New to a Congregation" will be valuable to pastors moving to a new field of service, to students preparing for first-time ministry, and to seminary instructors who train them.