Reviews of Jerrie and Gail’s Interim Ministry

Reviews from Northside Church of Christ, Jeffersonville, Indiana
September 2015 – February 2017

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Comments:

Our retiring minister and his wife had a remarkable and sustained tradition of service to both our congregation and the community for 30 years.

I’m sure it goes without saying that not many interim ministers and their wife could face these challenges with the successful and verifiable history that Jerrie and Gail Barber’s interim ministry offers.

Pros:

Jerrie’s presentation and knowledge on “how to go about marketing Northside Church of Christ” coupling his on-going direction and success in no time developed almost 90 resume’s seeking our position!

Cons:

Only that Jerrie’s and Gail’s work here with Northside will soon be completed — and they will be missed!!

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— Daryl Wade

N 2

Comments:

Jerrie and Gail are a wonderful Christian couple. They bring a refreshing “back to the Bible” approach to worship services and Bible studies. They are an encouraging influence to live as Christians are taught in the scriptures.

Pros:

Biblical

Caring

Straight forward (you won’t have to wonder what either of them are thinking)

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— Dayna Couch

N 3

Comments:

Jerrie, I think it was a blessing for Northside when the elders invited you and Gale to come and be our interim preacher and help us through our time of need. You are an exceptional and unique couple and very dedicated to you work. It shows how much you love the Lord and how much you want to help your brothers and sisters in Christ. Also, how much you want to bring others to Christ. I have enjoyed your teachings and fellowship and knowing about you both. I wish you great things in helping other churches. We have enjoyed some good times.

Pros:

Cons:

Some of your meetings with elders and office staff could have been shorter.

Name:

Name withheld by request

N 4

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Didn’t know what to think at first. I like your “no nonsense” approach. No name calling, only sincere, heaven-bound concerns of each other, not nit-picking.

If it’s your opinion, you say so. I have not thought about “liking criticism”! But if we truly can learn to not feel “attacked,” we can allow it to make us stronger.

Both of you, Jerrie & Gail getting “fully” involved with every part of Northside is a great example. I truly appreciate you both. I’m very thankful our elders brought you to us. I think we could use you longer. You’ve been a blessing.

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— Patty Fordyce

N 5

Comments:

Covered everything a little

Pros:

Raise desire to learn more

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Name:

Name withheld by request

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— Samuel Fordyce

N 7

Comments:

1. Jerrie and Gail roll up their sleeves and get involved.

2. Jerrie connects with all ages.

3. His lessons are biblically sound and practical tor issues in the church end everyday life.

4. He is organized.

5. Positive attitude.

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— Mark and Karen West

N 8

Comments:
Jerry and Gail have done an excellent job working with our congregation. They truly are a husband and wife team. He interacts with all ages — the young kids like his “High Fives”!!

Pros:
Jerry’s excellent Biblical sermons. He obviously studies the Word and puts it into practice as well as presenting it effectively.

Gail is also an excellent Bible class teacher for ladies’ classes. She also has been involved with the various activities for the ladies.

Cons:
They are leaving us!

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— Norma Roberts

N 9

Comments:

I appreciate your efforts to make us a better congregation.

After I got past your many quirks rules and repetition, I found your steady message was good, timely and biblical.
It was clearly visible when you both (Jerrie & Gail) of you put your talents to work in several different areas. It’s helpful to see fellow workers/leaders help out. Specifically in serving our community meal. My heart was made happy to see Jerrie carry food boxes and to see Gail coordinate several meals. “Leadership” in front by actually involvement! Both of you are true servants of God in these areas.

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Jerrie, Please nail down your views clearer in Bible class.

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— Bill Mendenhall

N 10

Comments:
Overall the experience was very beneficial. Lessons (sermons) centered in Christ and grounded in the gospels.

Pros:
Process (transition team) Good sources (secular books)

Cons:
Perhaps more examples using Christ as the example in the transition team discussions. Also more prayer time especially after each transition team meeting.
Class structure — large group was not conducive to Sunday A.M. class, getting comments heard during class needed to be improved — perhaps a mike although that may be more time consuming.
I’d suggest that the Sunday A.M. Class or Wed. Night class be closer together so people can hear better.

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— Dorrel Harrison

N 11

Comments:
I will miss you. I believe the interim between Conrad & our new minister benefitted by having you here. Pray for our future. God be with you & Gail.

Pros:
Both of you are people oriented. Friendly & well liked. Founded in Bible principles. I trust you!

Cons:
I am not fond of committees. (remainder omitted because of identifiable references)

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— Olin R. Pegg

N 12

Comments:
You two have been a terrific example and encouragement to me in your time here. I’ve seen you be sincere, level-headed, accepting (even inviting) of criticism in order to grow and improve, humble, gentle and kind-hearted. I believe that any church you work with on an extended basis will be better for having you there.

Pros:
You (Jerrie) are the most disciplined person I’ve ever known and it’s inspiring to hear your accomplishments. I appreciate your lesson on self-discipline, especially because I know you practiced those principles in your own life. Gail is kind, gentle and tender-hearted. She taught ladies class and did many behind-the-scenes acts of kindness that probably went unnoticed by some.

Cons:
The Sunday morning Bible class was in the auditorium and the acoustics were such that it was difficult to hear class members when they read scripture or made a comment.

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— Vikki Stemler