What is your hope for your first five years of ministry? Thousands of people graduate every year from seminaries and divinity schools in the United States and immediately encounter a whole range of possibilities, issues, and decisions. Many new pastors experience stymied creativity, an endless list of tasks, the intransigence of church systems, personal and professional isolation, and the pressure that comes with dealing with the expectations of other people. As a result, many do not remain in ministry.
How new pastors navigate the transition into ministry can determine their temperament and patterns for the rest of their pastoral careers. In Like Stepping Into A Canoe, Kincaid seeks to help new pastors stay connected to their call, to understand change and transitions, to value both restlessness and resilience, and to find fulfillment in the early years of their ministry.
Kincaid's five practices of nimbleness correspond to the common transition into ministry issues:
For the stymied creativity, the practice of curiosity.
For the barrage of tasks, the practice of clarity.
For the intransigence of church systems, the practice of agility.
For the isolation and loneliness, the practice of proximity.
For the expectations of others, the practice of temerity.