Interim Pastor

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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9 Steps to finding your next Interim Placement

[dc]N[/dc]etworking is contact sport – the more contacts, the wider the network. Knowing how to use your network effectively will help you find your next interim placement. You may react negatively to that word, thinking networking is all about “getting”. It is not. Networking is giving people the opportunity to find the same joy in

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Highlights from “Make or Break Your Church in 365 Days”

  I’ve been slowly working my way through Paul Borden’s excellent book, Make or Break Your Church in 365 Days: A Daily Guide to Leading Effective Change. [affiliate link] The added responsibilities of taking on an interim ministry – something I had not planned for 2013 – have forced me to slow down on some

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Interim Pastor’s Journal: Week Five

[dc]T[/dc]he work has “officially” begun. This past Sunday (27 January 2013) the church held a quick, informative and productive business meeting, during which I presented a brief overview  of the transition process. I touched on the seven stages of a transition and fielded a couple of questions. I re-learned an important lesson: keep your PowerPoint

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10 signs you’ve been an interim pastor too long

You know you’ve been an interim pastor for too long when: 24 months at the same church seems like a long term tenure You’re ready to move on as soon as you learn everyone’s first name You use the Lifecycle chart to explain the eschatology of the Book of Revelation You expect that all church

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Will all pastors be church planters and turnaround specialists?

Will settled pastors of the future need to have the personal qualities of a church planter, the unique abilities of a turnaround expert and the specialized skills of an intentional interim pastor? If the trends currently changing the face of American culture continue – and they seem to be accelerating – the settled pastor of

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Change management – use questions dissolve resistance

It took me a long time to learn the proper approach to change management. “Do it my way and we’ll all be happy” used to be my mantra. It was my approach to life, business management and spiritual leadership. It’s what I learned in the rough and tumble world of a perishable commodities broker and

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Interim Pastor’s Journal: Week Three

[dc]I[/dc]nterim ministry can be quite a ride. The thoughts, emotions and concerns ebb and flow. Sometimes the ride is calm and soothing but other times it feels like a whitewater, white knuckle cauldron! Today I feel like I’m traveling in two directions at once. I’m in the odd place of knowing that yesterday (week three

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Building morale: a tip for interim pastors

Interim pastors often encounter a discouraged and depressed crew of volunteers in client churches. This is particularly true if the church is deep in the downward slide of the lifecycle. Rich Birch at Unseminary has a great tip on how a little bit of planning, a dab of organization and a few bucks can go

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