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Alban fire sale…

Thought I’d pass this along to my friends and supporters who frequent this blog. The Alban Institute has a fire sale going on – over 60 titles for $6 – .01. Check it out. ENDING SOON! | Alban Fall Sale – 60 titles for just $5.99!.

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The 1 Question Interim Pastors Can’t Answer

They’re not going to like your answer, no matter what you say, even though they desperately need your help. “Will our church grow if we call you as our interim pastor?” This is a tough question. It is tough because it shows they have absolutely no idea of the right way to hire an interim

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Is it time to dump the Gatorade?

Is it time for you – the Interim Pastor – to give your client church the “Gatorade treatment”? Not the victory celebration. I’m talking about a cold dose of reality, that may be the only thing that will wake a slumbering congregation. The “problem” beneath symptoms and causes Let me suggest that the real problem that

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How Interim Pastors Build Trust With Churches

How does an interim pastor gain the trust of people burned by the departing pastor? You’d better know the answer this one or they won’t trust you. If they don’t, they won’t follow. If they don’t follow, you fail. It’s not your fault. The departed pastor took advantage of his position. He didn’t cooperate with

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The right way to hire an interim pastor – Part 2

The first article in this series offered guidance on three issues that churches considering retaining an interim pastor need to address. Deciding on the kind of interim pastor your church should retain. Determining the cost of retaining an interim pastor (and what a church stands to lose if it doesn’t) The church board’s first task

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The right way to hire an interim pastor – Part 1

So you’ve answered the question. A decision is made. After prayer, discussion, consultation and considerable discussion – and conducting a brief assessment – the church‘s leaders agree: we need an interim pastor. They turn to you and ask, “Will you take the lead in helping us find an interim pastor?” Now what?

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6 Traits of Effective Interim Pastors

Do you have what it takes to be an effective change leader, a skilled interim pastor? For that matter, how do you know if you’ve been called to serve as an interim pastor? I guess the answer is the same for every variety of vocational ministry. As my favorite Bible college teacher told a group

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Scientific Proof: Interim Pastors Must Act Decisively

Is it smart for Interim Pastors to step into the middle of a dog fight? Or should they stay out of the way until things cool off and sweep it under the rug (lest you fire up another spat)? I have argued that Interim Pastors need to tackle church discipline quickly, and that we should

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15 podcasts that shed light on the biblical world

I’ve discovered a “magic learning” tool that works like a champ. If this had been around when I was a seminary student – back in the analog days of pencils, typewriters and paper – I might have graduated several years earlier. Podcasting. This is an incredible tool. All I need are a podcast player (iPhone

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