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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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6 reasons Interim Pastors must push people to change

Leo Tolstoy summed up the dilemma of all Intentional Interim Pastors: Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. An Intentional Interim Pastor1 cannot fulfill her call without coaxing, counseling, praying, encouraging and – when needed – pushing change. An Intentional Interim Pastor who doesn’t approach his call intent on reworking the congregation

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Thanks to my friends at BoldGrace for publishing one of my recent articles, “Et tu, Brute?”

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1 good reason interim pastors should leave the backdoor wide open

People slipping out the back door and out of the life of the church is one of the last things interim pastors should worry about. Writers have sacrificed billions of electrons to articles about closing the church’s back door. But virtually everyone overlooks perfectly good reasons why it should be left open. The church’s back

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