Hightower and Gilliam, A Time for a Change

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James E. Hightower and W. Craig Gilliam, A Time for Change? Re-Visioning Your Call. Alban Institute, 2000.

Referenced in: Ministry Transitions

LifeandLeadership.com Summary

This makes a unique contribution to literature on ministry transitions, speaking strictly to situations where ministers may migrate out of ministry into another career field.

From the Publisher

Many professional ministers struggle at some point with the desire to pursue another career. Jim Hightower and Craig Gilliam have written this book for those at such a crossroads. Together they pose questions for clergy to consider in exploring their future, offer practical suggestions gathered from other ministers who have traveled this path, and share insights from their own experiences of career change.

The authors emphasize that considering the possibility of leaving professional ministry is not to be condemned or viewed as a sign of failure but accepted as part of the spiritual journey. And they note that a new career apart from the institutional church does not mean one is leaving the ministry but rather changing the mode of expressing that ministry. Foreword by Richard N. Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute?

About the Authors

James E. Hightower, Jr., is director of the Pastoral Counseling Division of the McFarland Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, a diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and a licensed marriage and family therapist.

W. Craig Gilliam is director of the McFarland Center for Clergy and Congregational Care in New Orleans, Louisiana, a United Methodist minister with enty years of pastoral experience, and a consultant with congregations and their leaders.

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