"If you have moved or are about to move into a new parish ministry, this workbook is for you. It is designed to guide you through the very special period that exists for the first 18 months of every ministry. It is written so as to meet you at the point of entry -- when you are entering new roles, entering new relationships, entering new phases of your career". -- Intro.
Contents: Introduction -- Easing the Transition: Giving Yourself Space -- Celebrating with the Search Committee -- Termination Emotions -- Coping with the Stress of Transition -- Making Entry -- Taking History Seriously -- Assessment of Leadership Styles -- Making Changes -- Gaining Role Clarity -- The Psychological Contract -- Parish Analysis -- Developing a Plan of Ministry -- Writing Your Own Obituary -- Dialogue with the Congregation.