Posts by Jerrie Barber

Criticism Rule

My rule for criticism is: I love criticism! As a young preacher, I dreaded, feared, and avoided criticism. I equated...

Communication Rules

I was just beginning my ministry at a new congregation, shaking people out of the building on a Sunday night....

Name Memory Rule

We’ve been doing interim ministry more than nine years. We’ve worked with six congregations. There are more than 2,500 people...

Beginning at a New Church — My First Three Rules

I like to begin with rules — guidelines, expectations. Family rules are usually unconscious, unspoken, but understood. That means we...

How Do You Get the Word Out?

Someone asked a few months ago how to get the word out that you’re available. Unless a preacher is independently...

“I Don’t Think We Need to Write It!”

We don’t need to write anything down. We’ll just trust each other like Christians, and I promise you we’ll take...

How Much Do You Pay an Interim?

In each discussion with a congregation considering inviting me to work with them, we get to the question, “How much...

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...

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