Why Ministers Resign
Format: Trade Paper
Pub. Date: Nov. 01, 2002
EVERY CHURCH HAVING TROUBLE WITH ITS PASTOR SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!
Does it seem to you that ministers just don't say in pastorates as log as they used to? While some would assert that forced pastoral exist are on the rise, author John Gilmore believes that pastoral exist are more than a current trend-they are a historical phenomenon.
Pastoral Politics addresses the many issues related to why pastor move from one church to another. No other book on the market has taken the trouble to delve into church history and personal testimonies to find those forgotten cases of famous and lesser-known pushed-out pastors-to see what went wrong and why.
EVERY PASTOR WHO HAS FELT NUDGE TO LEAVE Q CURCH SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!
Dr. Gilmore deals with thorny subjects concerning when ministers should leave and when"principled-protest resignations" are necessary. A key feature of Pastoral Politics is its ability to see good and genuine humor in grueling experiences.
Pastoral Politics is not a grudge-book, nor is it a payback book for current and past mistreatment. The book provides the church board and the pastor valuable insights-theologically, psychologically and procedurally-enabling pastors and members to be more flexible and charitable. The book is necessary reading for church board members, seminary students and every pastor who has and could face the prospects of moving on.
"The problems of the modern pastorate are legion. Some ministers fail morally. Most are faithful and yet experience great difficulty when their church rejects their leadership in various ways. In my experience, serving churches of all types across America, I believe nothing creates greater stress in the lives of many Christians (often leaving scars for the rest of their earthly life), and specially in the minister's own family, than when a pastor is forced to leave a ministry. The problem is now epidemic and the reasons are profoundly varied and deeply systemic. John Gilmore has carefully opened the window on this problem in a way that no other writer has previously accomplish. Sadly, this book is desperately needed. it will help both ministers and lay leaders face a major hindrance to the work of God's Spirit in our churches.
Reformation in both the ordination and the equipping of our ministers is a great need in our day. Churches learning how to respond properly to their ministers is an equally great need. This book provides an important tool reforming many of the bad patterns in pastor/congregation relationship. I recommend it highly."
Dr. John H. Armstrong
PRESIDENT, REFORMATION and REVIVAL MINISTRIES
CAROL STREAM, ILLINOIS
"Dr. Gilmore writes well: He is both interesting and informative. Pastoral Politics takes a neglected and touchy subject and, among other things, includes the idea that rather than resigning from their work, many preachers would do well to resign themselves to it. A good idea! This is a book that explores many aspects of resignation...It meets a real need."
Dr. Jay Adams
"[ Pastoral Politics] is a hard-hitting, no-nonsense treatise designed to lead readers to an understanding of "church politics' and ecclesiastical resignations. For the layman, and for many would-be pastors, Dr. Gilmore reveals the 'inside story' on why some clergy have been forced to consider vacating their ministries and moving on to other positions."
D.JAMES KENNEDY, PHD.
CORAL RIDGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Meet the Authors
Dr.John Gilmore has thirty-six years of pastoral experience and has served as Professor of Philosophy and religion at Wilkes University. Currently, John conducts clinics around the country called "Seminars for Curious Christians" and has recently accepted the post of Adjunct Professor of Theology at the newly formed seminary, Wellspring School of Theology in suburban Cincinnati, OH. John has five other published books to his credit, including Probing Heaven: Key Questions on the Hereafter and Ambushed at Sunset: Coping with Mature Adult Temptations. John and his wife Roberta reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.