Who’s your neighbor now? 4 Answers.

If you’re an intentional interim pastor you’ll eventually have to answer the question. It will come up because you – the deliberate change agent – will challenge your client church to deal with its inexcusable inward focus. Interim pastors provoke congregations to think long and hard about neighbors. When you ask, “What are you doing

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Be a master problem solver by doing nothing!

When should an interim pastor step back and let the client congregation figure it out for themselves? My default mode as an interim pastor can handicap a church. Too often I respond to a problem by thinking, “I’m the interim pastor. They hired me to fix things.” And then I fix things. I’ve learned that

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Is this the Interim Pastor’s most important task?

Interim pastors have plenty of “crucial” tasks to accomplish when leading a church in transition. But if everything’s important then nothing’s important, right? So let tell you my thought on the the interim pastor’s most important skill: training the pastor search team. Why is this the most important of all the other important tasks? Because

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Use one of these when looking for an interim pastor

There are two ways to find an interim pastor (or any pastor for that matter). Cast a wide net. Wait for something to swim into it. Or use one of these. This post is Part 3 of an ongoing (by fits and starts) series about how to retain a skilled interim pastor. Part 1 offered

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Have American churches become like ancient pagans?

I am continually amazed at the fact that many (if not most) American churches emulate the ancient pagan religions in one regard: we neglect mission. The only way the minuscule percentage of churches that see people come to faith makes sense is if outreach, mission and evangelism are rarities in those churches. In this regard

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Never again wonder where you filed it…

How do you file a document that could be stuck in any of a half-dozen folders and make sure you’ll be able to find it again? Take your recent sermon from 2 Corinthians 9. It’s a real gem that reflects some of your best exegetical work, it’s a fine expository sermon and it touches on

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Why It’s A Smart Idea to Silence Complainers

Since you will be dumber for listening to them, doesn’t it make sense that interim pastors ought to silence the whiners and complainers in their client churches? Letting them complain doesn’t solve anything. Ignoring them may calm your nerves but everyone else is still left on edge Letting them complain invites a culture of criticism

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End those “What happened to all the updates I just made?” moments

When was your last tear-your-hair-out @^%$!~ moment because all those lovely edits to that sermon/newsletter/blogpost/article disappeared? DraftControl will put an end to those gut wrenching, cold sweat on the forehead moments. It hums along quietly in the background to automatically tracks changes while using your favorite word processor to write or edit that literary gem. Every

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Thanks to the folks at for posting “5 Reasons Why it’s Better for Interim Pastors to Juggle Hand Grenades than Politics” on their website. Theirs is a resource rich website that you should bookmark and visit frequently.

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