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When members are upset with either the congregation or the pastor, it is usually because the unspoken, often unconscious psychological contract has been broken.  This creates a particular challenge for a new pastor, who may have inherited the contracts that members had with the predecessor.  Clergy should realize that much of this contract will surface in their first substantial meeting with a member; role negotiation of the contract may be going on at the first meeting, whether it is conscious or not.

Beginning Ministry Together, Roy M. Oswald, James M. Heath, Ann W. Heath, page 124

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