Saturday, October 17, 2009

Interim leadership

Ed Stetzer blogged recently about some wisdom he has regarding "interim" pastorates.

Ed has some excellent advice for interims and churches calling them, especially when it comes to what it takes to BE an interim and what is reasonable to expect an interim to accomplish. I highly recommend his post on this.

(Ed also suggests a couple of helpful other resources on interim leadership.)

I, for one, think that interim pastorates are a wonderful gift to the church, and are NEEDED in many situations. In my view, we in the PCA could take a helpful cue from our brothers in the PC-USA and actually require that churches whose outgoing pastor served beyond a certain point (15 years? 20? 30?!?) must call an interim pastor before settling in (or attempting to) with a "permanent" pastor. I've blogged before about the unintentional interim, and I think such a requirement would alleviate many such situations.

If you're interested in learning more about interim pastorates, you might check out the website it is full of help and guidance for interim pastors.

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