Interim Ministry Workshop

Front Row: Alisa Leonard, Susan Sandefur
Back Row: Roger Leonard, Dean Miller, Ron Sandefur. We had an elder and wife, a preacher and wife, and another preacher.

Our schedule:
Thursday and Friday: 8:00-12:00; 1:00-5:00; 7:00-9:00
Saturday: 8:00-12:00

I appreciate the brethren at Charlotte Heights Church of Christ allowing us to use their building and helping in every way.

Some of the topics we discussed:

  • Three Rules.
  • Introductions.
  • Discussion Guidelines.
  • My ministry today — my ministry ten years from today.
  • Family Systems.
  • Questions to Learn More About Your Family.
  • When to Leave…Before You Go, “mustard seeds”.
  • Elder Rules.
  • Staff, elder, deacon evaluation.
  • Contracts.
  • Learning from past elders.
  • Getting the word out about your availability.
    • Blog, website.
    • Emails from Contacts.
  • Interim Ministry Network.
  • Leadership classes:
    • God’s Great Servants.
    • Learning to Love my Friend(s).
  • Preaching during the interim. (Workbook).
    • Sermon series I always preach.
    • How to Treat the New Preacher.
    • Every Christian Is an Interim Minister.
  • Staff meetings.
  • Different ways of doing interim.
    • Sundays.
    • Weekend.
    • Residence.
  • Transitions, “mustard seeds”.
  • Jesus and Peacemaking—how to reduce conflict in a church.
  • Compensation for an interim preacher.
  • Setting goals.
  • Transition Monitoring Team.
  • Gail and ladies discussion of wives of interims.
  • Expressing gratitude, appreciation, recognition.
  • Self-study.
  • Timeline.
  • What Preachers Wish Elders Knew About Preachers.
  • Evaluation of workshop.

I’m considering another workshop next year (2018). Please let me know your interest and preferences as to the month and which three days in the week.



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

6 Responses to “Interim Ministry Workshop

  • Roger L. Leonard
    7 years ago

    The workshop was very well organized, informative, and helpful on several levels. If and when Alisa and I decide to do interim work, this provided a lot of good ideas and means to do it. Jerrie has been doing interim work for ten years; but, as he said, “you don’t have to do it my way.” That’s true, but the basic plan has a good pattern. We had 22 hours of class time! I would encourage others who are considering interim work to attend one of these.
    Thanks for your work, Jerrie!

  • It would be interesting to learn more about your model of “Transition Monitoring Team”.

  • Johnathan Jones
    6 years ago

    Id be interested

    • Jerrie W. Barber
      6 years ago


      I taught this September 21-23, 2017. I have several who have expressed an interest in this again. Keep watching this blog for an announcement.

      If you have questions, feel free to email: or call: (615) 584-0512.