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Interim Pastor’s Guide: 4 steps to good church assessment

Interim pastors who have been charged with the responsibility of introducing healthful change to a client church must be master diagnosticians. An accurate assessment of the conditions that led to client church’s present condition is “mission critical”. Accurate assessment reveals the hindrances to the church’s ministry Accurate assessment uncovers corporate sin that may call for

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10 Mother’s Day Tips for Interim Pastors

If you are currently serving as an interim pastor, another great opportunity to introduce beneficial change lurks on the next page of your monthly calendar. Mother’s Day (May 12 this year) gives intentional interim ministers the chance to help a transitioning church see ministry opportunity through “outreach eyes.” Most everyone in the church will welcome

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Catch my recent article, “Proactively Leading Change by Listening” in the March 2013 issue of The American Church Magazine.

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Interim pastors accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative

Interim pastors will find a recent article published by the Alban Institute, “Ten Assumptions of Appreciative Inquiry” offering an insightful approach to assessment and church transformation. Rather than identifying what has hindered the client church, Appreciative Inquiry (AI) focuses on a church’s strengths and builds on them. AI is similar to how some NFL teams

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17 quick and easy tips to stimulate personal evangelism

Intentional interim pastors usually find themselves called to serve inward focused churches. This is typically true because we are called to churches that have been through a period of protracted turmoil, because the senior leadership has lost mission and vision, or because  other serious problems (e.g., declining income) have drawn the church’s attention in on

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Does your church need change or transformation?

Image credit: yeyen123rf / 123RF Stock Photo [dc]J[/dc]udas Iscariot was a changed man. In response to Jesus, Judas changed  direction.  He  followed  a  new  Rabbi.  He heard  an  unlearned Galilean  carpenter  teach  with  authority.  He  witnessed  miraculous  deeds.  He  followed the  debates  with  Israel’s  scholars. Judas’ way of living  changed.  New  behaviors  were  adopted. His

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One more tool for the interim pastor’s kit

In my mind good books on applied pastoral theology are like power tools. Any excuse to buy another one is a good excuse! Thom Rainer’s Eating the Elephant: Leading the Established Church to Growth is an excellent tool that will help interim pastors and settled pastors clear a path toward a growing church. Image credit:

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10 Reasons why interim ministry is a growth sector – Part 2

Image credit: dotshock / 123RF Stock Photo [dc]I[/dc]nterim pastors are ideally placed to help churches that have moved beyond the need for a fresh coat of paint. The number of churches that need significant redesign and remodeling is growing by leaps and bounds. Churches beset with internal strife, stagnant numbers and aging members can be

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Interim pastors can ride the wave without getting swamped

Interim pastors sometimes find themselves called to a church without knowing that it is on the cusp of explosive growth. This happened to me once before and now it looks like I’m in for my second wild ride. Image credit: epicstockmedia / 123RF Stock Photo If rapid growth overtakes an ill-prepared church you (the interim

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