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Letting the Father welcome your guests

Making guests comfortable – even when they are few and far between! – is a “mission critical” task for churches in transition. In fact, failure in this area is often one cause for the decline that led to securing the services of a skilled transition pastor in the first place. In the various churches I

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Church leaders can learn a few things from Microsoft.

About what NOT to do! The church, like any other human organization, goes through a lifecycle. In that lifecycle there is a tipping point. It is reached when the original vision that motivated the church’s pioneers is replaced by a focus on maintaining the machine. When that happens procedures, policies and operations become more important

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Selling Vision

One of the toughest yet most important church leadership tasks is communicating God’s vision for the church in ways that are easily understood and that create passion and momentum. Whether you are serving in a “temporary” position as an Interim Pastor, a bona fide Transition Pastor or in a permanent pastoral position you’ve faced this

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The Transition Pastor’s Authority

The Transition Pastor serves a unique role, distinct from that of Interim Pastors, church consultants and Senior Pastors. The Interim Pastor provides pastoral care and pulpit services while the Pastor Search Team seeks the next full-time Pastor. The church consultant provides diagnostic services and recommends remedial solutions that are executed by the Pastor and the

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Structuring the Transition Pastor’s Authority

How is the authority conveyed? My written contract of employment with the church includes the following provision: 9. AUTHORITY The Transition Pastor shall be granted all authority constitutionally entrusted to the Senior Pastor of the church. In addition, the Transition Pastor may need to exercise significantly greater authority, with the intention of returning control to

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Wired Right?

I asked my son the other day if he still liked his job. “I love it,” he said. His work involves everything from being cursed at to wrestling resistant suspects, from driving all night to never knowing who has a gun or knife, from stopping cars to handcuffing suspects, from remembering legal codes to writing

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“Navigating from the Pulpit: Part One”

Note: This is the first draft of the second installment of a book on preaching for Transition Pastors. The first installment is here.   Part One: The Big Picture Overview It is ironic that the largest North American religious group to prominently feature kingdom theology in its official doctrinal statements is neither Christian in its

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Church Visitors: You can spot ’em a mile away

Ed and Mike are typical church visitors. One afternoon they were crunching through the forest leaves, headed for their favorite deer stand when Mike collapsed in a heap. Mike cried out, “Ed, I need a priest! I need a priest!” “Why, what’s wrong?” Ed asked. “I think I’m dying. I need a priest to give

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