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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Jerrie Barber’s wisdom and experience have brought me through the highs and lows of ministry. Every church leader needs Jerrie Barber and now they are able through his new book.

— Andy Walker

Between Preachers Blog Posts

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...

What Is the Purpose of Your Preacher Search…

Question asked of me on Facebook last week: “When elders/churches/search committees are looking for their next preacher, do they have...

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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

  • 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).
  • Most importantly was your willingness to come and be one of us. Your organized plan. Your willingness to listen (really listen) Your ability to call things as you see them and address areas that need to be addressed. Punctual. Allowing us to help you get established in your apartment. Set guidelines.
  • Jerrie & Gail both jumped in with both feet becoming immediate members. They did everything-setting up for fellowship; cleaning up (& we have a lot) visiting the sick & hurting; teaching classes as well as Gail teaching @ Tues./Thurs. School. It was a great experience & EXACTLY what we needed! Pros: We very much needed to work through very deeply hurt feelings and feelings of anger.  Jerrie's lessons helped so much to do this.  Hearing some ideas repeated many times kept those of forgiveness & moving on at the forefront of our minds.  Made it less "consuming." The classes were wonderful! Jerrie really does NOTHING w/o scriptural backing.  He was amazing!  He was also great to include our older kids in the process letting them know their feelings were also important.  They were included on various committees & Jerrie & Gail attended many events where our young people were so as to encourage them.  The were involved in every way! Cons: Even though we were moving forward, I felt we were in a strange "holding" pattern.  It was a slow process & we just aren't geared to slow & repetitive these days.  It worked on our developing some patience!