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Hot tip for interim pastors: celebrate 1 win this Sunday

“What gets rewarded gets repeated” Press this well known – and probably true – aphorism to your advantage. In your next sermon be sure to mention someone you noticed doing a good deed, serving humbly or some other behavior that epitomizes the transformation you’d like to see in the congregation. If you want church members

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65 Preaching Ideas for Interim Pastors

Preaching the Lectionary The lectionary is the best place for the interim to begin the initial sermon planning. I prefer to read the lectionary texts for the entire interim period. The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner is a great resource for sermon and worship planning as it prints the lectionary texts in their entirety

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What if Paul was wrong?

This is part of the Synchro Blog April meme. This month we invite you to play the ‘what if’ game with us. Try to imagine that some or all of the Bible narrative is not necessarily true history, but is myth of one sort or another. What sort of effect would that knowledge have on

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Hot tip for interim pastors: 1 way to increase giving

Challenge the church to give. Frequently. Eric Geiger writes about how this simple tip increases giving. I’ll let him tell you the story in his own words: I am plugged into an executive pastors network with a group of guys that get together once a year. Last Spring as we were meeting, many of our

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Free Online Preaching Seminar

This looks interesting, but I can’t vouch for it. The producers tout this as a “FREE online preaching conference to help you prepare and deliver free sermons.” (link) The lineup includes some top names: Andy Stanley Steven Furtick Crawford Loritts Nancy Duarte Louie Giglio Pete Wilson Ed Stetzer Mark Driscoll Donald Miller Jon Acuff Mark

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The interim pastor’s guide to choosing a transition team

An interim pastor has it easier in one regard: the church hired you to accomplish one specific task. Your job, which you have chosen to accept, is to deal with the issues that hinder the church’s ministry. If you’re smart about this you’ll recruit a transition team to help you tackle big problems. The transition

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3 ways turnaround pastors build up or blow up a church

We have a problem. [pullquote]”The evangelical church will not keep up with population growth between 2005 and 2020. While evangelical churches almost kept up with population growth from 1990 to 2004, evangelical attendance growth slowed considerably in 2005 and 2006.” David T. Olson, The American Church in Crisis, p. 176[/pullquote]It is clearer with each passing

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