Ministry Tips

1 app helps pastors stay current, save time and money

I just fell in love with a new app! Next Issue gives me unlimited access to over 90 magazines – all on my iPad. For that price I don’t feel guilty about not reading the whole magazine. I mean, who doesn’t want to be a good steward of their hard spent funds? At the moment

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One word that will revolutionize your decision making

AND Image Credit: Julia Manzerova via Compfight Three letters. A simple conjunction. It coordinates two items of equal syntactic importance. Use it to replace another conjunction when framing an important decision. Instead of OR, use AND. Interim pastors often have to train lay leaders how to make good decisions. Teaching them to use this word

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7 advantages interim pastors get from a journal

There is one good reason why interim pastors should journal regularly. When they do, they enjoy seven ministry advantages. The one reason you should maintain a professional journal is because every once in a while you’ll run into a problem where you’ll be your own best advisor! When that happens your advice to yourself will

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3 Steps to winning sermon applications

How do you craft a killer sermon payload (the application) that pierces the hearts, inflames the minds and precipitates resolve in your audience? You visualize the goal. I’m an expository preacher by conviction and by experience. I’m also a bit of a geek. I love grammar and syntax, I love tracing the argument of a biblical

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10 churches I won’t serve as interim pastor

You’re an interim pastor looking for the next call. A potential client church is toying with the idea of retaining your services. After the first consult you get a gut feeling that something’s not right. If you don’t dig further or if you jump in because you need the job you may wake up one

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Make ’em relish that interim pastor’s report

How do you get church folks to read the important stuff? Like, say, that assessment report that details the problems and maps out the solutions? Cut it up into tasty pieces that they can handle, one at a time. Interim pastors have to deal with a dilemma when it comes to the assessment report. You

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6 ways to deal with an interim pastor’s self-doubt

Things aren’t going the way you planned. Progress has run into resistance from those who once championed the cause. You’ve tried everything you know to do but nothing seems to break the log jam. Now attendance is beginning to dwindle and so is the income. Then you start to ask, “Am I up to this?

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