Conflict

6 ways to show grace when feeling grumpy

One Sunday morning he slept through the alarm. He just didn’t feel up for church. His wife elbowed him. “Get up. You’ll be late to church.” “I don’t want to go today. I’m tired. The people at that church aren’t nice to me. They are unfriendly, they say things behind my back and I feel

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How do interim pastors coax reluctant churches into needed change?

Interim pastors know what this is like. Sometimes the church board just doesn’t want to go down that path with you. What do you do then? [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF9sh5LdjAQ[/youtube] Question: What have you done to entice reluctant church board and congregations to work with you to bring about needed change during the interim period?

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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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1 malfunction the interim pastor must fix

Most interim pastors have to help churches stuck on the horns of a painful dilemma. One one hand the church wants to grow and change, but on the other hand they fear change. The fear may be related to losing something important (a culture, control, historic identity). In most cases church members are fearful because

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5 key traits of effective Transition Pastors

[dc]I[/dc]nterim and Transition Pastors both know their tenure is short. It ends when the permanent Pastor is called. Managing transitions is a key difference between them. Interim Pastors Interim Pastors keep continuity between permanent pastors. They may guide the church thru change but the church’s focus remains intact. The way congregants view their church’s mission

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Church Discipline is NOT Optional

Every pastor – transitional practitioner, interim or permanent – can quickly break the ministry down into categories of “things I relish”, “this I do” and “things I hate”. I’d wager that you won’t find conflict resolution or church discipline on anyone’s list of favorites! Most of us see them as somewhat akin to a colonoscopy:

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The Transition Pastor’s Authority

The Transition Pastor serves a unique role, distinct from that of Interim Pastors, church consultants and Senior Pastors. The Interim Pastor provides pastoral care and pulpit services while the Pastor Search Team seeks the next full-time Pastor. The church consultant provides diagnostic services and recommends remedial solutions that are executed by the Pastor and the

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Structuring the Transition Pastor’s Authority

How is the authority conveyed? My written contract of employment with the church includes the following provision: 9. AUTHORITY The Transition Pastor shall be granted all authority constitutionally entrusted to the Senior Pastor of the church. In addition, the Transition Pastor may need to exercise significantly greater authority, with the intention of returning control to

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