Assessment

1 way interim pastors can qualify client churches

When I first entered vocational ministry as an intentional interim pastor I took every request to meet with a potential client church that came my way. I didn’t require a reimbursement for time or mileage nor did I insist on meeting with the decision makers. I’d meet with anyone, anytime at any place. Now that

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The interim pastor’s guide to choosing a transition team

An interim pastor has it easier in one regard: the church hired you to accomplish one specific task. Your job, which you have chosen to accept, is to deal with the issues that hinder the church’s ministry. If you’re smart about this you’ll recruit a transition team to help you tackle big problems. The transition

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Interim Pastor’s Guide: 4 steps to good church assessment

Interim pastors who have been charged with the responsibility of introducing healthful change to a client church must be master diagnosticians. An accurate assessment of the conditions that led to client church’s present condition is “mission critical”. Accurate assessment reveals the hindrances to the church’s ministry Accurate assessment uncovers corporate sin that may call for

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Interim pastors accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative

Interim pastors will find a recent article published by the Alban Institute, “Ten Assumptions of Appreciative Inquiry” offering an insightful approach to assessment and church transformation. Rather than identifying what has hindered the client church, Appreciative Inquiry (AI) focuses on a church’s strengths and builds on them. AI is similar to how some NFL teams

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Interim Pastor’s Journal: Attentive Listening

One Sunday morning a young family greeted the preacher on their way out the door after the service. The six-year old shook the pastor’s hand and said, “When I grow up I’m going to give you some money.” “Thank you for that kind thought, but why do you want to give me money?” the preacher

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Another Interim Pastor’s Journal: Week Two – Five

I was excited to see Bud engage in multiple weeks of journaling, so I will do my best to catch-up with this one posting! From last week, there was a decision to be made. It was a decision that had been neglected for over 14 months…but first some helpful background. The church was a plant

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1 lesson a chef can teach interim pastors about change management

Restaurant: Impossible is a fascinating reality show about Chef Robert Irvine’s applying change management techniques to rescue desperate restaurants on the verge of failure. He assesses all facets of the restaurant’s operations, initiates change (menus, staff, decor), sends a team out to hit the streets to tell the community the good news and even offers

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