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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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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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