Clayton, Letters to Lee


Paul C. Clayton, Letters to Lee: Mentoring the New Minister. Alban Institute, 1999.

Referenced in: Ministry Transitions and Interim Ministry Summary

Clayton, a retired minister and seminary lecturer, offers the wisdom of many years of ministry to young ministers in the form of pastoral letters.

From the Publisher

Each year, hundreds of newly ordained pastors enter their first congregations, unsure whether seminary training has truly prepared them for the day-to-day work of parish ministry. Clayton uses a unique epistolary format—from an older, experienced pastor to a novice—to address wisely such issues as preparing for weddings, funerals, and baptisms; planning education, evangelism, and stewardship programs; growing spiritually; developing a leadership style; and maintaining personal and professional boundaries. Highly acclaimed while used in Clayton’s Andover Newton seminary classes, this book is the perfect introduction to parish ministry for students, new pastors, and mentors. 

About the Author

Paul C. Clayton is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, past director of the City Mission Society in Boston, and past director of the United Church Board for World Ministries. His previous publications include Letters to Lee: Mentoring the New Minister (Alban, 1999), and Add Salt to Season: God’s People in a New Time.

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