Since the 1977 release of Gail Sheehy's book Passages, people are aware of the phases of adult life. The pastor's life also has its phases. The following books deal with various stages of the ministry.
Arnold, Oren. Guide Yourself through Old Age. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1976. Step-by-step help to making the most of the senior years.
Bolles, Richard Nelson. The Three Boxes of Life. Berkeley, Calif.: Ten Speed Press, 1978. Making the transition from one stage of life to another without getting boxed in.
Brister, C. W., James L. Cooper, and J. David Fite. Beginning Your Ministry. Nashville: Abingdon, 1981. Designed to help new pastors with the adjustments and tensions.
Calian, Carnegie Samuel. Today's Pastor in Tomorrow's World. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1982. How pastors can adapt themselves and their ministries to changing times.
Carlson, Dwight L. Run and Not Be Weary. Old Tappan, N.J.: Revell, 1974. Helpful reading for the rundown leader who wants to quit and move on to greener grass.