Posts by Jerrie Barber

Interim Minister Job Description-Contract

I didn’t know I was supposed to do that.” “You said you were going to do it.” “You agreed to...

It’s Not the Work of the Interim Preacher to Make a Good Transition

Jerrie, our elders need fixing. Our deacons don’t deak. You need to get members who left to come back. People...

Is There Any Hope for this Church?

People are afraid to talk to anyone. Some people they thought were their best friends have left and labeled those...

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...

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