Bud Brown

Church Security: the interim pastor’s responsibility

[dc]L[/dc]akeview Heights Baptist Church knows that church security is a hot topic that’s getting hotter all the time. This little church in Tulsa, Oklahoma has been robbed 29 times in 2012, 25 times in 2011. Thieves have taken a TV, two VCRs, five microwaves, a wheelchair, heaters, pots and pans, and even toilet paper and

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Interim Pastor’s Journal: Week Three

[dc]I[/dc]nterim ministry can be quite a ride. The thoughts, emotions and concerns ebb and flow. Sometimes the ride is calm and soothing but other times it feels like a whitewater, white knuckle cauldron! Today I feel like I’m traveling in two directions at once. I’m in the odd place of knowing that yesterday (week three

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Building morale: a tip for interim pastors

Interim pastors often encounter a discouraged and depressed crew of volunteers in client churches. This is particularly true if the church is deep in the downward slide of the lifecycle. Rich Birch at Unseminary has a great tip on how a little bit of planning, a dab of organization and a few bucks can go

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How to Proactively Manage Resistance to Change

This afternoon I put the finishing touches on another article for American Church Magazine, under the title of “How to Proactively Manage Resistance to Change.” When I was looking for stuff to plagiarize doing my research I inadvertently veered into an exceptionally informative and illuminating slide presentation, “Why Is Change So Hard?” by Joakim Karlson.

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Interim Pastor’s Journal: Week Two

This past Sunday was my second week as the intentional interim pastor for a new client church. It was a great day but I don’t quite feel like I’ve settled in yet. Some of the folks are beginning to look to me as the lead in some areas and over time I anticipate that we’ll

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Church vision statements: how the interim pastor sells ’em

Church vision statements are like diet and exercise. Everybody knows its good for you but relatively few muster up the discipline to stick with it for long. How many well-crafted vision statements end up gathering dust in a neglected file jacket? How many failed because they weren’t properly communicated and executed? It turns out that

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Pastors nurture organisms and lead organizations

“Pastor, you’re building your own kingdom. Shame on you!” “This church has lost its soul. It’s become just another corporate provider of religious goods and services.” “I long for the days gone by when everyone pulled together. We were all on the same page and life was grand.” Certainly you’ve heard these laments if you’ve

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