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10 Reasons why interim ministry is a growth sector

Image credit: robynmac / 123RF Stock Photo “Intentional interim pastor” entered the American Church’s lexicon in the mid–1970s. Prior to that time, the term “interim pastor” was adequate to describe the itinerant vocation of supply preaching and administrative continuity while a church searched for its next settled pastor. But in the 1970s researchers and authors

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Four dangers interim pastors face

I was recently delighted to hear that one of the men in the church I’m currently serving is “wild about your sermons.” I felt gratified and humbled, but only for a moment. Those momentary joys fled when I remembered that he is also wild about “Pawn Stars”, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “Dumb and

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Church mission statements aren’t found in a storm

Interim pastors often use brainstorming to push church mission statements forward. The process of clarifying  mission, vision and values – so the thinking goes – makes it easier to identify the church’s primary purpose and the best strategy for moving into the future. So the thinking goes… I’m starting to wonder if those of us who serve

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I learned to be a good interim pastor on a sailboat

A reverse Transpac from Honolulu to Santa Cruz, CA on a 32′ Westsail made me a better interim pastor. Image credit: mkperspective / 123RF Stock Photo I was on hiatus between churches when the call came. Someone had heard that I like sailing. Would I be available to help him relocate his boat from Ke’ehi

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6 preaching mistakes interim pastors must avoid

Image credit: markusgann / 123RF Stock Photo Is there a preacher who hasn’t made a fair share of mistakes in the pulpit? Thom Rainer, a much loved and widely respected author and consultant, shares a story that shows he’s made of the same stuff as the rest of us. The sermon was one of Christ’s

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Interim Pastor’s Journal: Attentive Listening

One Sunday morning a young family greeted the preacher on their way out the door after the service. The six-year old shook the pastor’s hand and said, “When I grow up I’m going to give you some money.” “Thank you for that kind thought, but why do you want to give me money?” the preacher

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5 rules for the care and feeding of church volunteers

In response to an observation that volunteers are too often seen as amateurs, one replied, “Just remember: Noah’s Ark was built by amateurs. The Titanic was built by professionals.” [source] Image credit: hemul75 / 123RF Stock Photo [dc]A[/dc] previous post on encouraging church volunteers resonated with many readers. It generated plenty of discussion on several Linkedin groups

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10 things you won’t learn in seminary [Updated]

Invariably seasoned and successful pastors who train for a second vocational career as an intentional interim pastor will say, “Why didn’t they teach me this in seminary?” or “Why didn’t someone tell me this thirty years ago?” It’s not their fault. Seminaries can’t teach you everything you need to know about ministry. In fact, they

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1 quick and easy step to help a discouraged church

[dc]E[/dc]ncouragement is often in short supply in churches that are ripe for an intentional interim pastor. The interim pastor’s call has often been preceded by many months, years and, in some cases, decades of debilitating, depressing decline. The good news is that this is an easy fix. Discouragement is remarkably susceptible to encouraging words. A

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