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Church vision statements: how the interim pastor sells ’em

Church vision statements are like diet and exercise. Everybody knows its good for you but relatively few muster up the discipline to stick with it for long. How many well-crafted vision statements end up gathering dust in a neglected file jacket? How many failed because they weren’t properly communicated and executed? It turns out that

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Pastors nurture organisms and lead organizations

“Pastor, you’re building your own kingdom. Shame on you!” “This church has lost its soul. It’s become just another corporate provider of religious goods and services.” “I long for the days gone by when everyone pulled together. We were all on the same page and life was grand.” Certainly you’ve heard these laments if you’ve

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4 questions for dry preachers

Image credit: skafrica/123RF Stock Photo Eventually every preacher gets stuck where Moses spent some time. In the desert, going nowhere, staring blankly at sheep. Fortunately it doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. I recall Haddon Robinson warning a gaggle of green wannabes that sermon prep can become dull and mundane. “Like hammering doghouses together on

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Interim pastors must prepare for the Missional church

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/55323627[/vimeo] If you are an intentional interim pastor it’s time to prepare yourself to minister in the Missional Church model. It’s just a matter of time before you’re approached for guidance and consultation. Are you ready for this? This 30 minute video presentation is prepared with you in mind. In it you’ll discover a concise comparison

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What does the research say about attracting church visitors?

[dc]H[/dc]Heal the sick, raise the dead and fill the pews – preferably with young families who’ll bring some vitality and energy to this place. That’s the interim pastor’s call, isn’t it? But it’s a trap, a real Catch-22. The reality is that aging congregations trapped in a death spiral generally don’t want to make the

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