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10 reasons interim pastors rock

They leave before it is expedient that they take a powder They have enough good sermons to last for the transition period They help church folks define their own ministry vision They are stalwart folk; you can shoot ’em and they keep on going They love training people to succeed in ministry They don’t panic

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Should the interim pastor exercise discipline in this case?

Should the interim pastor to exercise church discipline in this case? Is it ever permissible for an interim pastor to discipline someone who isn’t technically guilty of a sin identified as such in scripture? Imagine this scenario. [Caveat: this is not a situation I’ve encountered, and by posing this scenario I’m not making any comments

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3 Steps to winning sermon applications

How do you craft a killer sermon payload (the application) that pierces the hearts, inflames the minds and precipitates resolve in your audience? You visualize the goal. I’m an expository preacher by conviction and by experience. I’m also a bit of a geek. I love grammar and syntax, I love tracing the argument of a biblical

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Do you know the 7 marks of discipleship?

Can you give a clear, concise and biblically accurate description of a disciple of Jesus? If so, you are a select member of an elite club. I wonder if most ministers – let alone most Christians – really know what their ministry’s “finished product” is supposed to look like? I’m being reluctantly dragged to the

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Preparing a new research project into values

A colleague and I are a survey instrument to research how the values of growing churches (conversion growth) compare to those of plateaued or declining churches (little or no conversion growth). The objective of the study is to determine if there is a discrete set of values that distinguishes growing churches. The primary tool will

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10 fresh approaches to the interim pastor’s sermon application

How does an interim pastor keep the sermon “takeaway” fresh week in and week out? The preacher’s job is to get people to see themselves in the mirror of God’s Word (James 1:22-25). But this can become a tough challenge for interim pastors. The developmental tasks before the church shapes our preaching calendar. Since the

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10 Sermons every preacher must preach

What is your plan for faithfully declaring “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27)? That’s a tall order, isn’t it? Whether you preach topically, follow the lectionary or favor the expository (verse-by-verse, book-by-book) method it would take an entire preaching career in one church to do an adequate job of covering everything from Genesis 1

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8 items worth clipping into Evernote

There are a lot of rich offerings in this week’s blogosphere. I’ve book marked a few of the best articles from around the web for import and tagging into my Evernote file. Maybe you’ll find some value in these: Seven types of people who surround leaders 9 Reasons your church needs to host a 5k

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