Callahan, A New Beginning for Pastors and Congregations


Kennon Callahan, A New Beginning for Pastors and Congregations: Building an Excellent Match Upon Your Shared Strengths. Jossey-Bass, 1999.

Referenced in: Ministry Transitions and Interim Ministry Summary

The unique contribution of Callahan is his discussion on aiming toward effective matches between ministers and congregations. This includes helpful sections on a new minister’s initial visitation effort to learn the congregation, which areas need strong leadership and which can wait, connecting with a new community, having fun and enjoying life from the onset rather than getting bogged down in transition administrivia (e.g. experience the new recreation possibilities your new community affords), team-building before dream-building, and then finally casting a new vision. Typical of Callahan, this book helps a new minister position himself strategically for a long ministry of powerful leadership.

From the Publisher

This wise and practical guide provides clear insight for both pastors and congregations on how to begin a healthy, productive new pastorate or make a fresh start in an ongoing ministry. Author Kennon L. Callahan, today’s most sought-after church consultant, has conferred with thousands of pastors and congregations, helping them discover their strengths and gifts and showing them how to work together in service to their community and mission. Here he offers fresh suggestions on how pastors and congregations can ensure a solid future together, whether they are newly beginning or beginning again.

About the Author

KENNON L. CALLAHAN, , the noted author of many books, is best known for the celebrated Twelve Keys to an Effective Church, which has formed the basis for the widely acclaimed movement of mission growth.

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