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How to Make Great Appointments in the Church: Calling, competence and chemistry [Paperback]

Claire Pedrick
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22 July 2011
This book is designed to provide practical help to those involved in filling a vacancy, showing how to make it a good process and end with a good appointment. At the same time, it is useful to clergy seeking appointments, and senior clergy actually making the appointments.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing; 1st edition (22 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281064199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281064199
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'With step-by-step strategies, encouragements to prayerful reflection and creative use of story, the authors take us by the hand and help us through what can be a minefield. This is a book that is needed in every church, everywhere, whatever the denomination or brand. Highly recommended.' --Jeff Lucas, author, speaker, broadcaster

'The strength of this book is that it not only addresses the many (often confusing) practical and logistical issues which confront congregations when their pastor moves on, but it also addresses head on the complex emotional dynamics of such a transition for those left behind. Managing these well is the key to making confident and creative appointments.' --Father Alan Gyle, Diocese of London

'This excellent book will help your church make the right choices about church staff. Packed with wisdom, experience and humility. Make sure your church has a copy.' --Dr Krish Kandiah, Executive Director: Churches in Mission, at the Evangelical Alliance

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How to Make Great Appointments was developed out of a need identified by our work coaching clergy through the selection and interview processes and inspired by a conversation with a member of the Training team at the Diocese of London. There seems to be an increasing understanding that the only way to appoint the right minister to the right position is through an appropriate balance of discernment and selection. We have come across many clergy who feel they have been damaged by the process as well as churches who blame selectors in the process for making bad or ineffective decisions.

The book is suitable for every kind of church and there is a chapter specifically about the process in the Church of England.

"Not only addresses the many (often confusing) `practical' and `logistical' issues which confront congregations when their pastor moves on, but it also addresses - head on - the complex `emotional' dynamics of such a transition for those left behind. Managing these well is the key to making confident and creative appointments."
Father Alan Gyle, Diocese of London

"With step-by-step strategies, encouragements to prayerful reflection and creative use of story, the authors take us by the hand and help us through what can be a minefield. This is a book that is needed in every church, everywhere, whatever the denomination or brand. Highly recommended"
Jeff Lucas, Author, Speaker, Broadcaster


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5.0 out of 5 stars Why we wrote the book 17 Oct 2011
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This is why Claire and Su wrote How to Make Great Appointments in the Church
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh insight 21 Jun 2013
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Really helpful insights for church communities and for interviewees. Creates a helpful framework for the process in all its current diversity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Readable and practical 4 Dec 2011
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I found this book to be a great mix of practical HR process advice and a reminder of the importance of prayerful discernment for all parties involved. So often one side of the equation is missing and so inappropriate appointments are made.

I found the book logical and easy to read and particularly liked the useful, practical exercises for churches to follow in their journey to appoint a new leader.

If you are looking for a post in a church or are involved in making church appointments this is a must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Practical Guidance 18 Oct 2011
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I enjoyed reading How To Make Great Appointments in the Church. It's a very practical and focused book. I found the overview of the appointment process used in different streams of the church very interesting. 'Calling, competence and chemistry' (which I later realised was the subtitle of the whole book) struck me as a very helpful summary of what matters in such an appointment. One of the most useful parts for me was the section with practical ideas for dealing positively with enquiries and lobbying. The chapter on prayer was both unexpected and excellent. Quite a bit of the content as the book progressed seemed especially relevant in an Anglican context, but I got plenty of good insights from it for our Baptist situation. This is a really useful book in the `how-to' genre.
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