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Clergy Retirement : Every Ending a New Beginning for Clergy, Their Family, and the Congregation

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In Clergy Retirement: Every Ending a New Beginning for Clergy, Their Families, and Congregants, retirement is likened to a death experience, but much more. Besides saying goodbye to congregants, colleagues, and a career, it is equally important, as in any other loss, to take time to grieve and then to discover new meaning in life through which to reinvent oneself and grow to new heights. It is particularly relevant for retiring clergy to realize that they are transitioning from an inspirational world to one that may feel more mundane and will require many adjustments, including developing new rhythms in their use of time. In addition, they will need to form new relationships with spouses, former congregants, and successors. We offer no financial advice, but rather concentrate on understanding the underlying upheaval experienced as a result of retirement (either voluntary or involuntary). This book is a manual for transition into a new world as one approaches retirement. It not only encourages the retiree to think through the process of making new meaning, but offers practical suggestions of how to do so. Since retirement affects everyone in one’s immediate circle, this book offers insights and recommendations not just for the retiree but for his or her spouse, children, congregants, congregational leaders, and colleagues. Our intent is to prepare clergy for the emotional ups and downs during their transition, as well as the rewards that are to come during retirement. As authors, we enter with the belief that the more one is prepared psychologically, the easier it is to deal with the twists and turns of life.
Number of Pages: 213.0
Genre: Social Science, Family + Relationships, Self Improvement
Sub-Genre: Clergy
Series Title: Death, Value and Meaning
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Daniel A. Roberts
Language: English
Street Date: January 1, 2016
TCIN: 51751155
UPC: 9780895039118
Item Number (DPCI): 248-31-2811

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