Ministry Tips

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Giving from the left and right brain

You’re at your first Board meeting at a new client church. You’ve been retained as the intentional interim pastor to help them prepare for the future. The first words from the Chair are, “Pastor, if something doesn’t change, we won’t be able to pay the mortgage next month.” Now what? oblivion9999 via Compfight Interim pastors

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Hot tip for interim pastors: celebrate 1 win this Sunday

“What gets rewarded gets repeated” Press this well known – and probably true – aphorism to your advantage. In your next sermon be sure to mention someone you noticed doing a good deed, serving humbly or some other behavior that epitomizes the transformation you’d like to see in the congregation. If you want church members

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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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Hot tip for interim pastors: 1 way to increase giving

Challenge the church to give. Frequently. Eric Geiger writes about how this simple tip increases giving. I’ll let him tell you the story in his own words: I am plugged into an executive pastors network with a group of guys that get together once a year. Last Spring as we were meeting, many of our

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