Posts by Jerrie Barber

How many churches do you help noticeably?

I read in an article of the Interim Ministry Network that intentional interim ministers were able to help about 50%...

Helpful Hints for Elders, Preachers, and Others

Between Preachers is being re-released this week with a hardcover edition added. In addition to discussing an intentional interim between...

Why Have an Interim Preacher?

Here’s what I‘ve observed in sixty-one years of ministry, having followed a long-tenured preacher, and worked with congregations in intentional...

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...

Where Do I Find the Time to Do What I Need to Do?

Some time ago, I was facing a day where I had typical responsibilities: study for sermons and Bible classes, memory,...

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