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How should an interim pastor respond to this email?

How would you use your wisdom and insight gained from a vocational interim pastor’s experience to answer this email? Earlier this week I received the following email from a brother looking for some answers or at least some resources. I wasn’t sure exactly what he needed or how I could help him. How would you

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5 deficiencies that stifle church growth

You can quickly and effectively stifle a church’s growth without actually trying. All a pastor has to do is be: Needy – constantly crave the attention and praise of others Inflexible– press on once you’ve decided a course of action, undeterred by new facts Pessimistic – stay vigilant against setback, discouragement or defeat Stoic –

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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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