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Building morale: a tip for interim pastors

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

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How to Proactively Manage Resistance to Change

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.

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Interim Pastor’s Journal: Week Two

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

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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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