When a preacher stays a long time, usually the church doesn't like the next preacher.

I volunteer to be the next preacher they don't like.

During the six to eighteen months Gail and I work with them, they have time to grieve their losses and wisely select their next preacher.

This website describes how we do it.

 

 

 

Between Preachers

Between Preachers — ideas to improve transitions

Jerrie's book about interim ministry

When a preacher stays a long time, usually the church doesn’t like the next preacher. I volunteer to be the next preacher they don’t like. During the six to eighteen months Gail and I work with them, they have time to grieve their losses and wisely select their next preacher. This book describes how we do it.

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Dean Miller recommends Between Preachers, by Jerrie Barber

Having experienced Jerrie’s interim ministry training, having read his writings, having followed him in a local church after one of his interim ministries…I can testify to just how invaluable his ministry and messages are. This book is balanced. It is biblically-based and filled with practical wisdom gained from experience.

— Dean Miller, Widowhood Workshop Ministry

Between Preachers Blog Posts

Books I Have Found Helpful

Often I’m asked to provide a list of books I’ve found helpful. I’m glad to do this. Let’s start with...

It is Finished: a transition from paper to digital illustration files

February 5, 2021 brought the end of a seven and a half year process. I bought a new scanner July...

Is Now a Good Time to Invest?

How is your retirement plan during this uneasy time? Did you sell investments to keep from losing money when the...

Why do we have so many liars in the church — even in leadership? Why don’t people do what they promised to do — especially in a written agreement?

I would rephrase the question: Why do many people not do what they promise to do? The best definition of...

My Shortest Full-time Work

You won’t find this on my resumé: About Jerrie Barber. But I was the full-time preacher for a church in...

How Much Insurance Do You Have on Your Classes, Sermons, Pictures, and Records?

Trusted advisors told me to insure what I can’t afford to lose. Through the years I’ve had life insurance, health...

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My Interim Principles

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  • I have no desire to be your next full-time preacher. I am an intentional interim. I will be with your while you are selecting your next preacher.

  • We will negotiate an agreement that will be mutually beneficial.

  • The usual working agreement is six to eighteen months.

  • The cost is adjusted to the size of the congregation.

  • The interim time is an opportunity for learning and growing spiritually while you are in transition.

What People Have Said about Interim Ministry

  • Oh Jerrie!  Thank you so much for your absolute commitment to our congregation!  I love the way you "throw yourself" into the work of the church and community.  Thanks to you and Gail for teaching us that every member of our congregation is important.  I ? you both and you'll always have a special place in my heart. Pros:
Great lessons.  Not directly on forgiveness but "it" was there if you really listened. Cons: Sure am attached to you…hate to see you go.  Wish you'd "talk back" during counseling rather than making me figure things out myself.
    Jerri, you taught me things for my betterment that at the beginning, I was not aware I needed to learn. Thank You! Friend!
    Overall the experience was very beneficial. Lessons (sermons) centered in Christ and grounded in the gospels. Pros:
Process (transition team) Good sources (secular books).