Bud Brown

Church visitors’ gifts that surprise and delight

Church hospitality is a vital ministry. This is especially true for congregations with a very low church visitor retention rate. To offer anything less than superb church hospitality is sad. To neglect turning visitors into members puts the church in a death spiral. One element of a rich experience that leaves church visitors going, “Wow.

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Interim pastors – a seminar for you

The Alban Institute is offering a seminar that should interest many an intentional interim pastor. “Dealing with Difficult Behaviors” has several learning objectives that belong in every interim pastor’s tool kit. What will you learn? To identify when a problem is actually being caused by a difficult person and when something else is the root

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3 ways an interim pastor sets the next pastor up for success

The interim pastor has a tremendous opportunity to work with church leaders to address many of the  issues that can be hazardous for the next permanent pastor. One of the most important questions an interim pastor can ask is, “How can I set the next guy up for success?” Several key areas will create an

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Say it and Mail it – a great time saver for pastors

I ran across Say it and Mail it when I was trolling through the Internet over the weekend. This is a great tool: You can “speak” your answer to emails You can email yourself (or your admin) notes You can record those ideas that pop into your head while you’re supposed to be watching the

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2 questions get fresh sermon ideas flowing again

Sooner or later the preacher runs into a wall. He’s stuck. He doesn’t have a good answer. When someone on staff asks, “what are you doing for your next sermon series?” they are met with a blank stare. This happens to preachers of all stripes. Verse-by-verse expositors run into this wall when it’s time to

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Interim Pastors in the News

The Billings Gazette (of all places) has a fine article that should interest intentional interim pastors. Check out “Interim pastors help congregations move forward.” Related Posts What does an interim pastor cost? Intentional Interim Ministry: one church’s testimony Are you cut out to be an interim pastor? 9 signs you need an intentional interim pastor

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What does an interim pastor cost?

Far less than what they are worth! It costs less to hire an interim pastor than what you might think. What do specialists charge? Bear in mind that intentional interim pastors are specialists. Interims are the skilled surgeons, the orthopedic specialists, the discerning diagnosticians and the relentless physical therapists who will put your church right. “The

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Intentional Interim Ministry: one church’s testimony

Faith Community Church in Las Vegas, NV has a moving testimony of recovery and renewal under the guidance of an intentional interim pastor. As you watch the video, pay attention to the themes common in all interim work: Assessment Planning Take action Refocus on the mission Change and change management The “unintentional interim” [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuZC2MT6wDk&feature=youtube_gdata[/youtube]

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Are you cut out to be an interim pastor?

Intentional interim ministry is like sushi. Some love it. Some want nothing to do with it. Some are willing to try it. But it’s not for everyone. It’s the third group – pastors willing try interim ministry – who end up in trouble. This is due to a few common misconceptions about interim ministry and

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