Interim Ministry Workshop, Tuesday-Thursday March 12–14, 2024, Heritage Christian University, Florence, Alabama

What do you plan to do for the rest of your life? How will you use the wisdom you gained through study and experience as a preacher?

Gail and I have enjoyed interim ministry in ten congregations for fifteen years. We’ve continued to learn and grow. We’ve been encouraged by brethren in all these places. Some of you can offer a great service. I want to share what I am learning with you. We’ll meet on the campus of Heritage Christian University, 3625 Helton Drive, Florence, Alabama 35630.

Two reviews of the workshop:

One thing that stood out to me was setting up group rules. As a PK teacher I always did this with my class, but I haven’t thought about it with adults at church. Looking back, I can see many times where I expected too much of others who did not live by or even know my “unspoken rules.” Also, the experiences that you and Gail shared about your different ministries were very helpful. I also like how the workshop was set up for sharing experiences and ideas with each other. I loved the emphasis on communication…so needed everywhere and especially in the church!

The workshop was very practical, Biblical and interesting. I left feeling connected and inspired. — preachers wife

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I loved it all!

This is something every minister needs!

If you are 20 and in your first work or 90 and in your last work you need to take the time to spend it with Jerrie Barber in this workshop! — Travis Harmon, Heritage Christian University

Three things to do to take advantage of this opportunity

Mark your calendar for
March 14-16, 2023

To answer any questions,
contact Jerrie Barber
(615) 584–0512

Reserve your place
Register for the Between Preachers Workshop.

The cost is

  1. $300.00 for preachers
  2. $150.00 for spouses.
  3. $100.00 for alumni (anyone who attended in 2017 or 2022)
  • There is a minimum and a maximum number of participants:
  • The minimum for the course to be conducted is one.
  • If no one shows up, I won’t talk.
  • The maximum is 23 people. We’ll be doing group sessions.
  • Twenty-three will be the limit.

The concepts we’ll discuss will be good training for any preacher and his wife. Gail and I had an introductory course in 1996. We underwent Interim Ministry Network training in 1998–1999, seven years before I started interim ministry. I took a refresher course in March 2007 before starting an interim ministry in May. The training and what I learned helped me during those last years of full-time ministry.

Preachers’ wives are encouraged but not required to attend this workshop. Gail and I went for training together.


Tuesday, March 12, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 14, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

To register: Register for the Between Preachers Workshop

We’ll be meeting in the Coil Center at Heritage.

If you would like to stay in the student dorms, the cost of lodging will be $25.00 per night per person. The dorm is a 4-bedroom apartment; therefore, you may share a bathroom with other guests depending on availability and the number of guests requesting housing. You’ll need to bring your bedding, towels, and toiletries. There’s also lodging available in our two cabins. The cabins have 18 bunk beds each, costing $10.00 a night per person. There will be a men’s and a women’s cabin. Again you’ll need to bring bedding, towels, and toiletries.

There are many hotels in the area. Hotels near Heritage

We’ll have lunch at Heritage each day. That is included in the fee.


  • The story of our journey to interim ministry.
  • Family Systems is the framework for working with groups.
  • The work of the interim preacher is to guide and coach a process.
  • Contracts, opportunity to clarify expectations — objections to written contracts.
  • Compensation for an interim.
  • Make contacts and get the word out that you’re available for interim ministry.
  • Rules.
  • Initial Family Meeting.
  • Preaching during the interim.
  • The interim’s wife — discussion, Q & A with Gail.
  • The Search — training those who will be searching for the new preacher.
  • The Preacher.
  • When you don’t need an interim.
  • Conflict management.
  • The Search Page
  • Three things to do to take advantage of this opportunity

Mark your calendar for
March 12-14, 2024

To answer any questions,
contact Jerrie Barber
(615) 584–0512

Reserve your place
Register for the Between Preachers Workshop

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Jerrie Barber
Disciple of Jesus, husband, grandfather, preacher, barefoot runner, ventriloquist

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