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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Roger Leonard recommends Between Preachers, by Jerrie Barber

My wife, Alisa, and I were in the first Interim Ministry workshop Jerrie conducted. It was most informative and helpful. This book is an excellent summary of the workshop and thorough guide to getting started in interim ministry, and for churches to understand how it can work positively. There are supplementary resource recommendations inside. Preachers, elders, deacons and other church members can work toward better communication, relationships, transitions, and longer term preacher tenures by using the ideas in this book. 

— Roger L. Leonard

Between Preachers Blog Posts

Forgiving People Who Don’t Want It

Many people read the words of Jesus and conclude a Christian is obligated to forgive everyone, every time, for everything...

What Do You Not Like? How Will You Put Up with It?

My observations: As a preacher, you aren’t ready to commit to working with a new congregation until you know not...

Suggestion: If You’re a New Elder, Don’t Read that Letter Alone! — If You’re a New (or Old) Preacher, Don’t Read that Letter Alone!

I heard the story many times. Each retelling brought back the pain of the day. A brother had recently been...

A Dose of Humility from a Friend

As a young preacher, I knew when I preached a good sermon: adequate preparation, good timing for needs in the...

Beginning Well as the New Preacher

A friend asked recently for suggestions for a preacher beginning his work with a new church. Here are some of...

More on Preachers Placing Membership

After the post on Preachers Placing Membership, I received this question from Richard Root: Jerrie, do you think this has changed...

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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 you 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

  • I have greatly enjoyed having the Barbers in Sikeston this pas year and a half! Jerrie taught and challenged us to be the people God wants us to be. He & Gail got involved, served us and set an example for us. My life and outlook is different because they were here.
    If I got up and decided that I could not get up & go to church I knew that I could not miss the sermon you were giving.  It has always been great!  Thanks for you and Gail.  I loved the Ladies Class when Gail was teaching.  She made us feel down to earth and that we were not the only one to have problems at work, or at home! Thank You! Friend!
    Bro and Sis Barber are shining examples of Christian love & guidance.  Both have helped the church as a whole without forgetting the individual members in the process. 
Bro. Barber had excellent lessons on helping the church to be ready for choosing a preacher, without rushing it.  He was available to speak & help guide individual members who struggled with Christian issues providing information & willing to receive it as well.  Both are wonderful with children, bringing smiles as much as getting them. Some "touchy" topics need to have sermons that concentrate more on Biblical Scriptures than earthly instruction.  It's hard to argue against God, especially when given much evidence from the Book.