Interim Pastor

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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65 Preaching Ideas for Interim Pastors

Preaching the Lectionary The lectionary is the best place for the interim to begin the initial sermon planning. I prefer to read the lectionary texts for the entire interim period. The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner is a great resource for sermon and worship planning as it prints the lectionary texts in their entirety

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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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10 Mother’s Day Tips for Interim Pastors

If you are currently serving as an interim pastor, another great opportunity to introduce beneficial change lurks on the next page of your monthly calendar. Mother’s Day (May 12 this year) gives intentional interim ministers the chance to help a transitioning church see ministry opportunity through “outreach eyes.” Most everyone in the church will welcome

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17 quick and easy tips to stimulate personal evangelism

Intentional interim pastors usually find themselves called to serve inward focused churches. This is typically true because we are called to churches that have been through a period of protracted turmoil, because the senior leadership has lost mission and vision, or because  other serious problems (e.g., declining income) have drawn the church’s attention in on

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Does your church need change or transformation?

Image credit: yeyen123rf / 123RF Stock Photo [dc]J[/dc]udas Iscariot was a changed man. In response to Jesus, Judas changed  direction.  He  followed  a  new  Rabbi.  He heard  an  unlearned Galilean  carpenter  teach  with  authority.  He  witnessed  miraculous  deeds.  He  followed the  debates  with  Israel’s  scholars. Judas’ way of living  changed.  New  behaviors  were  adopted. His

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10 Reasons why interim ministry is a growth sector – Part 2

Image credit: dotshock / 123RF Stock Photo [dc]I[/dc]nterim pastors are ideally placed to help churches that have moved beyond the need for a fresh coat of paint. The number of churches that need significant redesign and remodeling is growing by leaps and bounds. Churches beset with internal strife, stagnant numbers and aging members can be

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