This is a book I felt like writing! Its subtitle is ‘Accepting or declining a call to a new congregation’, and having just been through that process myself, I was aware of the dearth of literature on this subject.
The book is written not only for ministers, but for elders and members of churches whose pastor is considering a call to another congregation. David Campbell draws on Scripture (the example of Titus is helpful) and the recorded experiences of ministers from the past.
A key truth to remember is that our Lord Jesus Christ is the head of the church. Ministers are his servants and they must submit to his sovereign will. They must seek the Lord that he might impress upon their conscience a clear sense of duty and direction.
There are separate chapters considering good reasons to stay and good reasons to leave. These are excellent and would serve well to assist any minister in the careful and prayerful consideration of any move. I was particularly struck by the description of what is referred to in the book as the pastor’s ‘working capital’, namely his present congregation’s confidence and love, which may be relinquished when he moves, and which takes much time and effort to accrue in another situation.
Further advice is given on coming to a decision and the involvement of fellow ministers and elders in that process. A final chapter warns that the grass is not always greener in another pasture.