Good Pastor, Bad Fit

Maintaining Pastoral Authenticity Through Resignation and Termination

by Michael W. Palmer Foreword by Rev. Dr. William L. Lee



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/20/2023

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 110
ISBN : 9781973699026
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 110
ISBN : 9781973699019
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 110
ISBN : 9781973699033

About the Book

Retracing his own spiritual journey while conducting interviews with other pastors, Michael W. Palmer examines the ability of pastors to maintain their pastoral authenticity through resignation and termination in Good Pastor, Bad Fit. The author explores best practices for dealing with internal church conflict and hostility that can lead to pastors quitting or being fi red. Get answers to questions such as: • How does congregational conflict and hostility suppress a pastor’s gifts? • What does it mean to practice authenticity as a pastor? • What lessons can pastors going through a life transition learn from the life of Job? The book emphasizes that it is imperative that pastors understand not only what they are vocationally, but also who they are related to their calling, especially when forced to consider transitioning from a church. The calling to be a pastor is not a simple matter of God “matching” a pastor with a specific congregation. It is about Him carefully placing a pastor within a body of believers where their God-given gifts can make disciples and glorify God.

About the Author

Michael W. Palmer earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary with a focus in Spirituality and Story and a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Union University. He is an Army veteran and a certified church consultant with more than twenty-one years of pastoral experience as a senior pastor, campus pastor, and pastor of care.