Training Pastors


Stun your guests with God’s surprising grace

Church visitors, especially those who have never been to church before, are often amazed to learn of God’s love and grace. It amazes them to hear that God loves all people. That’s the experience we want them to have on their first visit. Well, that’s what we’d like every person to experience every time they’re

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Turnaround pastors get free professional development help

Other people. The Turnaround pastor’s most effective professional development tool. More important than biblical languages. More important that seminary education. More important than professional certification. The only “tool” that surpasses the value of other people is the call to ministry and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Consider the following three scenarios. Scenario 1 –

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Identifying the unique traits of Turnaround pastors

Fair warning: if you’re intrigued by the idea that Turnaround pastors can be identified by a few unique personality components, you’ll want to reference our previous post on this subject  If not, it’s probably best to save yourself from this House of Pain! For our study of the unique characteristics of Turnaround pastors we settled on

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How an “Aha!” moment changed my life and my ministry

You’d probably attribute it to blind chance or dumb luck – if you don’t believe that God governs the course of our lives in detail. Two years ago I set out to write a brief work entitled “Navigating Through the Storm: Using the Pulpit to Steer the Course.” It was intended as a digest of TMG’s

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Is this the Interim Pastor’s most important task?

Interim pastors have plenty of “crucial” tasks to accomplish when leading a church in transition. But if everything’s important then nothing’s important, right? So let tell you my thought on the the interim pastor’s most important skill: training the pastor search team. Why is this the most important of all the other important tasks? Because

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Is it time to dump the Gatorade?

Is it time for you – the Interim Pastor – to give your client church the “Gatorade treatment”? Not the victory celebration. I’m talking about a cold dose of reality, that may be the only thing that will wake a slumbering congregation. The “problem” beneath symptoms and causes Let me suggest that the real problem that

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The right way to hire an interim pastor – Part 2

The first article in this series offered guidance on three issues that churches considering retaining an interim pastor need to address. Deciding on the kind of interim pastor your church should retain. Determining the cost of retaining an interim pastor (and what a church stands to lose if it doesn’t) The church board’s first task

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10 instant training tools for busy interim pastors

There’s never enough time to stay current with your “must read” stack, is there? The interim pastor’s life is one challenge after another, one client church and consultation after another, and one packed calendar – without end. How do you cultivate and nurture your own professional development and inner life in the face of this

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