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12 signs you need an intentional interim pastor

Welcome to all of you who’ve clicked through from Thom Rainer’s website. We’d like to send you a free copy of Eternal Life – see the details at the end of this post. What’s your first move after your pastor tells you he’s resigning? You’ve got to get this right because you’re setting up the

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1 powerful technique to revolutionize church hospitality

Turnaround pastors have a unique opportunity to permanently change the trajectory of church hospitality. Our “information gathering” in churches doesn’t even capture the majority of guests. Auxano research shows that five to eight percent of your worshipping community will self-identify as guests. Therefore the number of guests in one year is: [ (Ave. weekly worship attendance)

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10 reasons why interim pastors need special training

Interim pastors serve a unique role. A church calls an interim pastor for a fixed period of time to deal with a defined set or problems. The interim pastor may be hired to provide pulpit supply while the search committee looks for the next pastor. An interim pastor could be retained to provide leadership during

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1 malfunction the interim pastor must fix

Most interim pastors have to help churches stuck on the horns of a painful dilemma. One one hand the church wants to grow and change, but on the other hand they fear change. The fear may be related to losing something important (a culture, control, historic identity). In most cases church members are fearful because

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Should every interim pastor read this book?

Val Hastings of Coaching4Clergy has a new book out. The page announcing the book has an intriguing title: Recognizing the Difference Between Change and Transition. I’m intrigued because it addresses an important distinction we observe between “interim pastor” and “transition pastor.” Ministry 3.0 may be worthwhile for interims and transition pastors. I’ll look into it

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Free tool: Understanding My Church’s DNA

We’ve got a free church assessment tool we’d like to put in your hands Interim pastors – and permanent pastors, for that matter – need a variety of church assessment tools available. And free is good! We developed it from Tim Addington’s book High-Impact Church Boards: How to Develop Healthy, Intentional, and Empowered Church Leaders. [affiliate link].

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Interim pastor’s office hours: time to shut them down?

Does it make sense for interim pastors to keep office hours? The next time a church calls to discuss employment, bring the issue of office hours up when it’s time to discuss responsibilities, duties and terms of employment. Chances are it doesn’t make sense for the church to insist you keep office hours, unless it

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Get church visitors’ information – guaranteed

Church visitors won’t always give their contact information. This impairs church hospitality and makes follow up impossible. Follow up is vital to the assimilation process. Without knowing how to reach them you can’t send church visitors a thank you note, phone to invite them back or have someone deliver a gift. Visitor retention metrics are

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