Posts by Jerrie Barber

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...

What on Earth Are You Doing for Heaven’s Sake?

Recently, I visited with a preacher. He told me about a class they had for new members — whether by...

10 Leadership Ideas

Recently, I participated in a leadership workshop at Spring Meadows church in Spring Hill, Tennessee. Dale Jenkins asked me to...

First Response to Criticism…Listen

What is your first response to criticism? My aim is to listen to criticism and not respond immediately. If I decide...

Helping Your New Preacher Have a Great First Sunday

You’ve been through your last preacher leaving, a long and successful search for a new preacher, and now you’re ready...

What Do You Expect of Your Preacher’s Wife and Children?

The honeymoon ends when unexpressed expectations start being expressed and expected. That can come when criticisms start because of the...

Intern Program

How does a preacher, youth minister, or another person who plans to serve full or part-time get practical experience? I...

How Do You Fire Someone Without Surprising Him?

The most painful day in my fifty-eight years of ministry was December 19, 1976. (See:  The Best Day to Fire...

What Do I Do First Today?

Where do I need to start this morning? What are some things I want to do every day as a...

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