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9 reasons why interim pastors shouldn’t become settled pastors

Interim pastors are often recruited for the full-time position. It’s a natural response to wise leadership, confidence borne of experience, gracious pastoral care and an objective understanding of the church that resolves problems without becoming embroiled in them. Although it feels good to be asked. We always decline the offer. The written contract between the

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In praise of the interim pastor

What he said. Money quote: Thank God for interim pastors who don’t simply take a preaching post to pad an inadequate retirement check, but who are real pastors doing a real work of ministry for a congregation who needs love and guidance as they make their way toward a new chapter in their history.

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The most important question an interim pastor can ask

“How can we take the message to them?” Interim pastors get asked this question all the time. It’s posed by those who don’t see the church paradigm shift sweeping through American culture. They are living with a legacy that stretches back to the early 1930s (at least). For close to a century the Western Church

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Thank you!

We are thankful for the privilege of serving clergy, churches and God’s people in far-flung places on the globe – places we have never seen. This map from Google Analytics displays the many regions of the world where our readers are found.  

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1 tool for quick church assessment

[dc]A[/dc]n interim pastor’s first meeting with a church is a consultation. Both parties (the church and the interim) need to learn if the church needs an interim period and, if so, of what sort. The church needs to learn what to expect. The interim needs to see a broad outline of some of the issues

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What does John Maxwell know about growth?

There’s an interesting thread developing at Charles Specht’s website. He poses the question, “What is Personal Development (According to John Maxwell)?” In the comments section I posed a lengthy comment that approaches his question at an oblique angle. I think you’ll find that this is going to be a provocative and stimulating thread. I hope

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1 great new coaching resource for pastors

Check out MinistryCoach.tv. If the content is half as slick as the design this should be a real winner. We’re all in for coaching at Transition Ministries Group. Time and again we’ve had seasoned, experienced pastors finish their first interim with us and, in one of the final coaching sessions, tell us, “Why didn’t somebody

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