Interim Pastor

Interim pastors can ride the wave without getting swamped

Interim pastors sometimes find themselves called to a church without knowing that it is on the cusp of explosive growth. This happened to me once before and now it looks like I’m in for my second wild ride. Image credit: epicstockmedia / 123RF Stock Photo If rapid growth overtakes an ill-prepared church you (the interim

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10 Reasons why interim ministry is a growth sector

Image credit: robynmac / 123RF Stock Photo “Intentional interim pastor” entered the American Church’s lexicon in the mid–1970s. Prior to that time, the term “interim pastor” was adequate to describe the itinerant vocation of supply preaching and administrative continuity while a church searched for its next settled pastor. But in the 1970s researchers and authors

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Four dangers interim pastors face

I was recently delighted to hear that one of the men in the church I’m currently serving is “wild about your sermons.” I felt gratified and humbled, but only for a moment. Those momentary joys fled when I remembered that he is also wild about “Pawn Stars”, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “Dumb and

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I learned to be a good interim pastor on a sailboat

A reverse Transpac from Honolulu to Santa Cruz, CA on a 32′ Westsail made me a better interim pastor. Image credit: mkperspective / 123RF Stock Photo I was on hiatus between churches when the call came. Someone had heard that I like sailing. Would I be available to help him relocate his boat from Ke’ehi

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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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5 rules for the care and feeding of church volunteers

In response to an observation that volunteers are too often seen as amateurs, one replied, “Just remember: Noah’s Ark was built by amateurs. The Titanic was built by professionals.” [source] Image credit: hemul75 / 123RF Stock Photo [dc]A[/dc] previous post on encouraging church volunteers resonated with many readers. It generated plenty of discussion on several Linkedin groups

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1 quick and easy step to help a discouraged church

[dc]E[/dc]ncouragement is often in short supply in churches that are ripe for an intentional interim pastor. The interim pastor’s call has often been preceded by many months, years and, in some cases, decades of debilitating, depressing decline. The good news is that this is an easy fix. Discouragement is remarkably susceptible to encouraging words. A

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God provides all a transitioning church needs – ahead of time!

[dc]F[/dc]inances have become a recurring problem that intentional interim pastors must help the congregation solve. Earlier in my interim ministry – which seems to have begun shortly after Noah disembarked – this wasn’t an issue. But in the last several years I’ve served churches that were either started in or rapidly expanded during the go-go

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10 reasons interim pastors should keep a private journal

Her Journal: Tonight, my husband was acting weird. We had made plans to meet at a nice restaurant for dinner. Conversation wasn’t flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk. He agreed, but he didn’t say much. I asked him what was wrong. He said, “Nothing.” I asked him if

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