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Book Review: “Turnaround and Beyond”

Note: I developed this book review from one of the Kindle hacks that I demonstrated in another post on this weblog. Ron Crandall’s Turnaround and Beyond: A Hopeful Future for the Small Membership Church (Abingdon Press, 2008, Kindle Edition) belongs in the library of every interim pastor, small church pastor and pastor who wants to

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4 Kindle hacks make Kindle books more useful

Can you use Kindle hacks to integrate your Kindle books with your Bible software? Wouldn’t it be great if Kindle hacks allowed access to Kindle content from your Bible software? You’ve got hundreds, perhaps thousands of books, journals and magazines in your Bible software, but your software’s publisher has overlooked volumes you use regularly. It

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How an interim pastor helps church leaders step it up

What does an experienced interim pastor do when church leaders are used to skating past their duties? The departed pastor vacated after a twenty year run. He ran things for the last seven, so the lay leaders got used to operating pro forma without doing much actual work. Your job as the interim pastor is

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6 Important People an Interim Pastor Should Dine With

How does an Interim Pastor quickly develop the congregation’s trust? Is there a socially acceptable way to connect with people, win them over and do it sincerely – without being creepy or manipulative? Dine with the right folks. Paul Borden recommends meals, particularly breakfast and lunch, as times to conduct ministry (Make or Break Your

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Interim pastors likely to be shot by one of these people

Where do most interim pastors incur service wounds in the church? It’s no surprise that interim pastors suffer heavy casualties in their ranks. The mainstream media know this is true about all pastors. Members of the clergy now suffer from obesity, hypertension and depression at rates higher than most Americans. In the last decade, their

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Which of these headline questions sticks a thumb in your eye?

Which of these headline leads reaches out, grabs you by the throat, and sinks its thumbs into your windpipe? What’s the proper reaction to the video of the ranting pastor berating his congregation? Did you know your reaction to an online video reveals whether you’re the pastor of a growing church or not? How does

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A tool interim pastors use to restore sight to blind churches

What are you going to do to plug the hole that’s quickly sinking this church? You’re the Interim Pastor and you’ve got the dreadful feeling that this client church retained you to bail water and not repair the leak. Isn’t that what Interim Pastors do, pick up the bucket the departing pastor dropped? The assessment

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