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God provides all a transitioning church needs – ahead of time!

[dc]F[/dc]inances have become a recurring problem that intentional interim pastors must help the congregation solve. Earlier in my interim ministry – which seems to have begun shortly after Noah disembarked – this wasn’t an issue. But in the last several years I’ve served churches that were either started in or rapidly expanded during the go-go

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Another Interim Pastor’s Journal: Week Two – Five

I was excited to see Bud engage in multiple weeks of journaling, so I will do my best to catch-up with this one posting! From last week, there was a decision to be made. It was a decision that had been neglected for over 14 months…but first some helpful background. The church was a plant

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10 reasons interim pastors should keep a private journal

Her Journal: Tonight, my husband was acting weird. We had made plans to meet at a nice restaurant for dinner. Conversation wasn’t flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk. He agreed, but he didn’t say much. I asked him what was wrong. He said, “Nothing.” I asked him if

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1 lesson a chef can teach interim pastors about change management

Restaurant: Impossible is a fascinating reality show about Chef Robert Irvine’s applying change management techniques to rescue desperate restaurants on the verge of failure. He assesses all facets of the restaurant’s operations, initiates change (menus, staff, decor), sends a team out to hit the streets to tell the community the good news and even offers

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9 Steps to finding your next Interim Placement

[dc]N[/dc]etworking is contact sport – the more contacts, the wider the network. Knowing how to use your network effectively will help you find your next interim placement. You may react negatively to that word, thinking networking is all about “getting”. It is not. Networking is giving people the opportunity to find the same joy in

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Highlights from “Make or Break Your Church in 365 Days”

  I’ve been slowly working my way through Paul Borden’s excellent book, Make or Break Your Church in 365 Days: A Daily Guide to Leading Effective Change. [affiliate link] The added responsibilities of taking on an interim ministry – something I had not planned for 2013 – have forced me to slow down on some

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Interim Pastor’s Journal: Week Five

[dc]T[/dc]he work has “officially” begun. This past Sunday (27 January 2013) the church held a quick, informative and productive business meeting, during which I presented a brief overview  of the transition process. I touched on the seven stages of a transition and fielded a couple of questions. I re-learned an important lesson: keep your PowerPoint

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