Posts by Jerrie Barber

I Don’t Like it this Way!

The time of transition is painful for many people. A favorite preacher has left. The elders have made unwise choices...

Principle 5 of Family Systems: Emotional Triangle

One frustrating situation in leadership is getting caught in the middle of a conflict. People involved in a dispute have...

Principle 4 of Family Systems: Extended Family Field

How much of your leadership is heavily influenced by your family? How could learning more about your family improve your...

Principle 3 of Family Systems: Differentiation

When I am criticized, am I devastated? Do I have difficulty taking a position — stating where I stand —...

Principle 2 of Family Systems: Homeostasis (Balance)

This is the worst thing that every happened. We’ve got to do something to fix it. I’m tired of all...

Principle 1 of Family Systems: The Identified Patient

Often a family will name one of its members as the “black sheep.” A church will pick a person or...

What (Who) Is the Problem?

When I come into a group with conflict, I find people want quick relief. To get that, we have to...

How Long Will it Take?

It was my first day as an interim preacher at this congregation. I taught Bible class, preached Sunday morning and...

How Can We Improve Without Changing?

Our Journey to Interim Ministry

Often people ask, “Where did you get the idea for interim ministry?”. Gail and I married August 18, 1964. Soon...

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