Interim pastors are like hobbyists, scrapbookers and craftsmen. We welcome any excuse to add another tool to the kit!

Interim ministry is often conducted with meager financial resources. This list of Internet tools are free. In some cases you may decide to opt for a paid version, but they are all free for every day use.

Finding Internet resources for interim pastors

I’m always on the lookout for items that benefit my interim ministry colleagues.

The good news is there are plenty of goodies out there. The bad news is much of it is dated, duplicative or unhelpful.

Here’s a list of the best stuff IMHO.

Sites to research religion in America

These sites offer demographic and cultural research. This is helpful for interim pastors who need to re-connect a church with its environment.

  1. Association of Religious Data Archives
  2. The Alban Institute
  3. U.S. Census Bureau
  4. Pew Research Center
  5. Adherents
  6. The Barna Group
  7. U.S.Religious Statistics
  8. Public Religion Research Institute

Sites that train and place interim pastors

These link to ministries that train and place interim pastors. There are many denominational ministries that are not linked here.

  1. Interim Pastor Ministries
  2. Interim Ministry Network
  3. ReTurn
  4. Center for Congregational Health
  5. Intentional Interim Ministry

Sites with helpful tools

These sites have tools to download and “how to” articles. Practical stuff every interim pastor needs.

  1. Transition Ministries Group
  2. Transition Leadership Network
  3. Percept
  4. Transformation Ministries Resource Page
  5. Church Health Resources (by a Baptist church)
  6. Congregational Resource Guide
  7. Life and Leadership
  8. Clergy Leadership Institute

Tools for social media marketing

I know, it’s a hobby horse. My soapbox. Indulge me, please. The church without an effective, easily managed social media marketing program is seriously handicapped. This is one of the more important administrative or programmatic tasks an interim pastor can accomplish.

There’s another reason I’m big on social media marketing. One of our goals is to create a network of interim clergy. A virtual community of colleagues is a “value add” for us all. The Internet and social media make it possible to create relationships, to mentor one another and to add value to one another’s lives.

I have nine tools in my social media marketing toolbox. I’ve tried dozens of them. These fit my style and eccentric work habits.

Interim pastors can use them to good effect. It is surprisingly easy to build a virtual platform in your community and enlarge your church’s influence.

If you decide to go down that path, these will be useful tools.

  1. Hootsuite
  2. Facebook
  3. Twitter
  4. WordPress
  5. Mars Edit [$39.95]
  6. Markdown Pro [$9.95]
  7. Evernote
  8. Buffer
  9. LinkedIn

I have a question

What have I missed?

There are lots of great Internet tools out there for pastors and interim pastors. I bet I’ve missed plenty.

If you have a favorite or know some I’ve missed, leave a comment. I’ll add it to  the list.

Related Links

Update 10/20/2012

I realized as I was drifting off to lala-land last night that not all of these tools are free. There are fees for some of them. For those that are paid apps I’ve noted their cost.

I felt so bad about this that I hardly slept a wink.