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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Dr. Carlus Gupton recommends Between Preachers

Jerrie Barber is one of those rare people who never stops learning from the best authors and mines his experiences and resources into practical tools that others can use. My conversations with Jerrie are always invigorating and enriching. This book is no different. It is like a conversation with a seasoned practitioner who is deeply convicted about helping churches in transition. He integrates insights from leading experts with his keen awareness of human interactions and congregational life. Churches who use this book during ministry transitions will be equipped against common mistakes and aimed toward best practices. I recommend this book as a tool for healthy calibration when a church is between preachers.

— Dr. Carlus Gupton, Professor of Ministry, Harding School of Theology

Between Preachers Blog Posts

Developing a Helpful Working Agreement

Should there be elder-preacher working agreements? Aren’t we Christians? Aren’t we honest? If so, why should we have to think...

How Does an Interim Help a Church Find a Good Preacher?

Brethren ask, “If you work with us as an interim minister, will you help us find a good preacher?”. My...

Covid-19: What Are You Learning From That?

Gail and I went to P. F. Chang’s Saturday, March 14. It was different. Few people were there. They were...

Why Have an Intentional Interim? Why Not “Get on with the Lord’s Work”?

The preacher has been at the congregation for several years and is leaving. It may be he is: Moving to...

Between Preachers: You Can Grow Through Interim Ministry — PUBLISHED!

When I started working with churches between preachers nearly thirteen years ago, several people, said, “You should write a book...

Would I Like to Work as an Interim Preacher?

Several years ago a friend called and asked, “Do you think I’d enjoy being an interim preacher?”. My answer: “If...

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My Interim Principles

  • 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

  • 
You and Gail "fit" into Collegeside from the very first.  There did not seem to be any period of adjustment.  You both were actively involved in all phases of Collegeside work. Collegeside has been blessed by Jerrie's lessons.  We have also been blessed by Gail's involvement and "hard work."  She is a "rare find."  Our well wishes and prayers go with you (and Zeke). - Phyllis
  • I love Mr. Jerrie!  He has done a great job with us.  He has peacefully helped us. I’ve never seen someone handle a situation more wonderful.  I have never heard things the way he put that way.  He is very wise.  I also like Mrs. Gail, she is very good with kids.  She does a great Tuesday, Thursday School.  They love her & will miss her. - Katie
  • 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. — Patty Fordyce