Most books on beginning a new pastorate seem to assume it takes a year or more before a new pastor begins to make a difference. Not so, argues Kennon L. Callahan - the first three months are decisive in shaping a healthy long-term relationship. A New Beginning for Pastors and Congregations offers concrete guidance for using these early months well - or for creating a fresh start in an ongoing ministry. Callahan offers wisdom on how pastors and congregations can nurture their relationship and secure their future together by discovering and building upon their unique gifts and strengths. He shares clear insights on possibilities for shepherding, preaching, leading, and sharing in the community. He also shares wisdom on what not to do in the first three months, and how the minister's family can thrive in a new congregation.