The church I’m currently serving as the intentional interim pastor has the Annual Business meeting scheduled for the last Sunday in January. This past Sunday we conducted a dry run to finalize what would be included in the report to the congregation. The Executive Pastor, the outgoing chairman of the Board and the incoming chairman
[dc]L[/dc]akeview Heights Baptist Church knows that church security is a hot topic that’s getting hotter all the time. This little church in Tulsa, Oklahoma has been robbed 29 times in 2012, 25 times in 2011. Thieves have taken a TV, two VCRs, five microwaves, a wheelchair, heaters, pots and pans, and even toilet paper and
[dc]I[/dc]nterim ministry can be quite a ride. The thoughts, emotions and concerns ebb and flow. Sometimes the ride is calm and soothing but other times it feels like a whitewater, white knuckle cauldron! Today I feel like I’m traveling in two directions at once. I’m in the odd place of knowing that yesterday (week three
Interim pastors often encounter a discouraged and depressed crew of volunteers in client churches. This is particularly true if the church is deep in the downward slide of the lifecycle. Rich Birch at Unseminary has a great tip on how a little bit of planning, a dab of organization and a few bucks can go
This afternoon I put the finishing touches on another article for American Church Magazine, under the title of “How to Proactively Manage Resistance to Change.” When I was looking for stuff to plagiarize doing my research I inadvertently veered into an exceptionally informative and illuminating slide presentation, “Why Is Change So Hard?” by Joakim Karlson.
In a previous post I suggested that church vision statements are honored in the breach more than in execution. Why? Because they are drawn up by a select few in a closed meetings with little outside input. People who must change behaviors in order to turn vision into reality are rarely among the visioneers. Seasoned intentional
This past Sunday was my second week as the intentional interim pastor for a new client church. It was a great day but I don’t quite feel like I’ve settled in yet. Some of the folks are beginning to look to me as the lead in some areas and over time I anticipate that we’ll