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Help me find the answer to my question!

I could use your help. Before I tell you what I need, let me set the stage by giving you a bit of background on the project I’m working on. Then perhaps my question will make a little more sense. I’m working on a theory: the leadership skills that are distinctive of successful turnaround pastors can

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If you must interview pastor candidates consult these resources

I’ve worn out the keyboard on my iMac lobbying for more reliable alternatives to the typical unstructured interview process that most churches use in the search process. Knowing that most churches and some interim pastors aren’t yet ready to give it up, I’ve  outlined some best interview practices, and suggested a workflow to developing a

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How the interim pastor teaches the structured interview process

Interim pastors see their share of pastor search team failures. Steve Jurvetson via Compfight In spite of everything an interim pastor teaches a search committee, danger lurks in the interview: a skilled interviewee dazzles the search team. Questions about competence go unanswered but the call is issued nonetheless. In time those questions will be answered,

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Plundering the Internet for my fellow Interim Pastors

There’s a wealth of Internet information, useful tools, anecdotes and illustrations to keep my inner geek satisfied for weeks on end. Here are some of the treasures I’ve found this morning. Challenges to my preaching, provocative insights into the deliberate unbelievers, a news that may show up in your preaching some day. Don’t Settle for

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In Memoriam

Editor’s Note: Yesterday, 7/7/13, was Communion Sunday at Mountain Vista Bible Church. It provided an opportunity to allow the congregation to explore and resolve their shock and grief over the loss of 19 fine young men, the Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished the previous Sunday fighting to protect a small subdivision of homes in Yarnell.

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Why Churches Should NOT Interview Pastor Candidates

Why do churches continue to use the interview to screen pastoral candidates? Isn’t it about time that interim pastors trained client churches to adopt better search processes? Silly question, you say? Hardly. Interviews are almost worthless Research shows that the interview is essentially worthless in predicting how well a person will do in the future.

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6 ways interim pastors can promote church growth

You’re an interim pastor who’s just gotten the worst career news possible. What do you do after you learn that most of what you’ve been told about church growth isn’t true? How would your ministry as an interim pastor be compromised? Scott Ableman via Compfight It turns out that church growth consultants might just be

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5 reasons why you should and should not be an interim pastor

Why should you consider becoming a full-time interim pastor? One good reason is because it is definitely a growth industry. As the unraveling of American culture accelerates it is likely that many – perhaps most – churches will maintain their status quo: focused inward. The number of churches that need a skilled interim pastor will

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