Running Through The Thistles

Terminating A Ministerial Relationship With A Parish

Media Information:

Categories: Book Collection.
Author(s): Oswald (Roy M.).
Publication Dates: 1978.
Publisher(s): Alban Institute.
Subject(s): Clergy, Parishes, and Pastoral psychology.
Format(s): Booklet Bound.

Copies in the Resource Center:

  • BV 664 .O88 1978 Copy 3
  • BV 664 .O88 1978 Copy 2
  • BV 664 .O88 1978 Copy 1
  • Summary:

    Can how you leave a church affect your feelings about leaving or create “baggage” you take to your new congregation? Gain insight into termination styles and how they affect both you and your parishioners. Oswald guides you through Alban Institute research findings, using real-life illustrations.

    Roy M. Oswald has provided leadership for hundreds of conferences and training events in the United States and Canada. A variety of denominations have called on him to focus on the pastoral role and the dynamics of parish leadership. He also frequently consults with local congregations and judicatories where his planning model utilizes norms, myths, and meaning statements from a church’s past. Roy Oswald is identified with research into the transitions clergy make when they enter parishes for the first time and for clergy in longer pastorates. More recently he has headed studies of the candidacy process, leadership needs of small congregations, and new methodology for assessing ministries using clergy/lay teams.


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