Saying Goodbye: A Time for Growth for Congregations and Pastors

Book, 1990, 114 pp
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Whether you are a pastor thinking about leaving your congregation, or a parishioner whose pastor has just announced his or her leaving, then you must read this book...for thinking about leaving in the abstract is one thing, and experiencing the leave-taking quite another.

White explores the complicated and emotion-filed process of pastoral termination as revealed through the experiences of pastors and congregations of the Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Mennonite, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, Church of the Brethren, and United Methodist denominations.

Through diary excerpts and articles you explore why and when to say goodbye. Learn how you as a pastor or parishioner can have a meaningful and healthy parting through the examples of a letter of agreement, the last "goodbye" worship service, and a litany for the closure of a ministry. And from personal letters and accounts experience the joyous hope of future growth that can be found amidst the sorrow of the present parting.

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