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[dc]I[/dc]ntentional interim pastors will likely meet the missional church model in the near future. Client churches may choose to redefine themselves by becoming missional churches. Missional churches will eventually see pastors resign, finding themselves in need of a skilled interim pastor knowledgeable about missional ecclesiology. “Missional Ecclesiology in the Book of Acts” is a helpful

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Can megachurches be church visitor friendly?

A colleague of mine once visited a mega-church in southern California while on vacation. The 6,000 seat auditorium was filled to capacity that Sunday morning. He was quite surprised when, during the ritual exchange of the secret Churchman’s handshake, an elderly lady made her way down the aisle from several rows back to greet him

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Does your church need change or transformation?

The American Church magazine should be of interest to all intentional interim pastors and pastor of plateaued or declining churches. For that matter, pastors of healthy and vibrant churches will profit from this new publication. Yours truly has a regular column. This month’s column is entitled “Does Your Church Need Change or Transformation?” Churches don’t

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Hope for the wounded pastor

Pastors who have been scarred, wounded and bruised – often the result of a forced exit – may wonder if they’ll ever again be used in the Lord’s service. If that describes you, take cheer. PIR Ministries stands ready to receive you for recovery and restoration. It is a long, slow process, but there is

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Interim pastors set the stage

Interim pastors are called by a church in need of help, but they play a very important role in the congregation’s future ministry and the next pastor’s tenure. In addition to Roy Yanke’s excellent counsel on 3 ways an interim pastor sets the next pastor up for success, I’d like to add my two cents’

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10 awkward questions interim pastors should ask

[pullquote]“What is the real work of leaders? Providing all the right answers? No. It’s providing all the right questions.” – Ronald A. Heifitz and Donald Laurie, The Work of Leadership[/pullquote][dc]I[/dc]nterim pastors often accomplish more – far more – by asking questions than giving information. Since Socrates asking questions has been a core competency of good

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Book Review: Change Your Questions, Change Your Church

[dc]E[/dc]very once in a while a book comes along that is so helpful and so informative you have to have it nearby at all times  J. Val Hastings’s slim volume, Change Your Questions, Change Your Church(affiliate link), is just such a book. It is filled with practical wisdom and useful guidance that every intentional interim

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6 ways to show grace when feeling grumpy

One Sunday morning he slept through the alarm. He just didn’t feel up for church. His wife elbowed him. “Get up. You’ll be late to church.” “I don’t want to go today. I’m tired. The people at that church aren’t nice to me. They are unfriendly, they say things behind my back and I feel

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Book Review: Revitalizing Congregations

Interim pastors, permanent pastors for that matter, will enjoy reading William Avery’s Revitalizing Congregations: Refocusing and Healing Through Pastoral Transitions (affiliate link) for its clear, simple style, for its useful information and for the mirror it holds up for us to look at our ministries. In the preface the author identifies his target audience: The

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