Being sent as pastor to a new parish can be one of the most challenging parts of ordained ministry. Whether it is your first pastorate or your third, the move can be stressful. And you-the new pastor-have perhaps the most influence in creating a smooth transition process.
Navigating Pastoral Transitions: A Priest's Guide gives you a proven, practical process for getting off to a great start. This guide helps you explore the psychological pressures and the moments of spiritual growth in the transition process. It also gives you invaluable suggestions for working with your predecessor and managing staff and parishioner expectations.
Navigating Pastoral Transitions: A Priest's Guide will help you make a successful transition into your new parish. This guide is designed to be used with Navigating Pastoral Transitions: A Parish Leader's Guide and Navigating Pastoral Transitions: A Staff Guide.
Graziano Marcheschi, MA DMin, speaks nationally on topics of liturgy and the arts, Scripture, and lay ecclesial ministry. He is the executive director for University Ministry at Saint Xavier University on Chicago's south side. Formerly, he served as director of Ministerial Resource Development for the Archdiocese of Chicago, where he also served for eighteen years as the archdiocesan director of Lay Ministry Formation. He has been adjunct faculty at a number of institutions, including the Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Chicago. He has authored books on Scripture and proclamation skills as well audio and video works and a collection of stories and poetry, Wheat & Weeds and the Wolf of Gubbio, and he contributed commentaries on the Pentateuch, Gospels and Acts for the Catholic Bible, Personal Study Edition (Oxford University Press).
Serving a faith community as its pastor is not like any other job. Transitions between pastoral assignments come with some unique challenges. Built on a strong biblical foundation, this guide offers practical strategies to help priests make that transition, whether for the first time or the fifth. This helpful and easy-to-read book should be handed out with letters announcing new assignments.
Mary Elizabeth Sperry, author Scripture in the Parish: A Guide for Catholic Ministry
This guide is an essential companion for the journey a new pastor must make and the challenges he will face in his first few critical months. It's a comprehensive, solidly-researched and practical resource that helps a new pastor to build strong relationships with staff and parishioners and thereby increase his own effectiveness.
H. Richard McCord, former Executive Director of the U.S. Bishops' Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth
Excellent advice for handling the emotional, as well as organizational, aspects of leaving a parish and coming to a new one. This concise handbook is packed with concrete and practical `tools for the transition,' including a comprehensive list of questions one might otherwise forget to ask. Beginning with the image of dying and rising with Christ as a metaphor for the transition to a new ministry, Dr. Graziano Marcheschi has put together a sensitive yet straightforward spiritual GPS, to guide any priest-newly ordained or seasoned veteran-and help him avoid common pitfalls and overcome the anxiety that can come from all sides. A Priest's Guide should be on every priest's shelf-you know, that one shelf we all have that's close to our desk, with the books we go back to again and again.
James L. Papandrea, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Church History, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Pastoral ministry today confirms the old adage that the only constant is change. A Priest's Guide offers practical advice for negotiating all the changes that come when a pastor moves to a new parish. Rooted in a healthy spirituality and nourished by common sense, this little book outlines a prayerful and proactive stance toward pastoral transition. A great resource!
Edward P. Hahnenberg, Ph.D., author of Awakening Vocation: A Theology of Christian Call