Life cycle

A Tale of Two Barns –A Tale of Two Churches

Dr. Gordon E. Penfold Co-founder of Turnaround Pastors, Inc.   The Two Barns   “It was the best of times and it was the worst of times . . ..” So begins Charles Dickens’,  A Tale of Two Cities.  I would like to parallel that truth with two barns and two churches. The analogy will

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Sharing Faith in Post-Christian America, Part 2

In my last post, I referenced individuals from across Christian theological perspectives that have affirmed a fundamental shift in evangelism in a “post-Christendom” world. We have now been hearing this message for two decades.  But we have been slow to adapt. The message? This ain’t your grandma’s world, and what reached her for Jesus won’t

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If I Had a Do-over—Reel 1

The sixties. Not the decade fifty years ago, but the age swiftly overtaking a person who once hoped to remain forever young. My sixties. When I sit down with my peers, now over decaf not Mountain Dew. Trying not to dwell on meds and memories, focusing more on completing the course and inspiring others to

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One more tool for the interim pastor’s kit

In my mind good books on applied pastoral theology are like power tools. Any excuse to buy another one is a good excuse! Thom Rainer’s Eating the Elephant: Leading the Established Church to Growth is an excellent tool that will help interim pastors and settled pastors clear a path toward a growing church. Image credit:

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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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Does your church need change or transformation?

The American Church magazine should be of interest to all intentional interim pastors and pastor of plateaued or declining churches. For that matter, pastors of healthy and vibrant churches will profit from this new publication. Yours truly has a regular column. This month’s column is entitled “Does Your Church Need Change or Transformation?” Churches don’t

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Church leaders can learn a few things from Microsoft.

About what NOT to do! The church, like any other human organization, goes through a lifecycle. In that lifecycle there is a tipping point. It is reached when the original vision that motivated the church’s pioneers is replaced by a focus on maintaining the machine. When that happens procedures, policies and operations become more important

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I can do it myself!

Lainey is two years old. Well, a few days shy but regardless of what the calendar says, our granddaughter’s in the “terrible twos.” You’ve seen that stage of life: non-stop hyperactivity from dawn to dark, unfamiliarity with the word “No”, tantrums when corrected, rigid inflexibility and towering impatience! When a two-year old decides “I can

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Welcome

The Transition Ministries Group is a ministry devoted to providing resources to help churches going through difficult transitions to navigate the turbulent waters and emerge so that they are poised to reach their God-given potential. Our mission is to insure that a sufficient pool of skilled transition pastors exists so that every church will be

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