VitalChurch Ministry is an organization that was founded by a group of experienced pastors who have been called to come alongside Christian churches who are without a leader or in some other season of transition or crisis, and lead them through a process of revitalization.
Interim Pastors for Churches in Long Beach, California
Often, when a church finds itself without a senior pastor, the first thing they want to do is hire a new pastor as soon as possible, but this is not always the best course of action for the church’s long-term health. In churches where there are other issues besides just a lack of leadership, it is wise to take some time to address those issues before bringing in another senior pastor.
The interim pastors at VitalChurch Ministry can not only serve as your church’s pastor during a time of transition, but they can also help your church uncover and deal with any issues facing your church. Before one of our interim pastors is assigned to your church, your church members and leadership will undergo a church assessment, which we call our diagnostic analysis.
One of the pastors from VitalChurch will then be sent to your Long Beach church to serve as the intentional interim pastor and to lead your church alongside existing church leadership. He will provide solid, biblically based preaching, and help guide your church as you address any issues that were uncovered in the church assessment. Our interim pastors aren’t there to maintain the status quo—they serve as agents of change, directing churches to where they see God leading and helping them discover their calling.
Support for Long Beach Denominations
In addition to our ministry as interim pastors to Long Beach churches, VitalChurch also serves denominations in several capacities. One of our services involves the training of interim pastors within denominations. Our experienced team of interim pastors has authored some of the leading resources used by interim pastors all over the world, and we are able to provide one-on-one training or group training for the interim pastors employed by your denomination. If your denomination doesn’t have its own team of interim pastors, an interim pastor from VitalChurch can serve in your denominational church, working alongside existing church leadership and denominational leadership to help find, and prepare for, the church’s next senior pastor.
In addition, VitalChurch can provide a diagnostic analysis for groups of churches within your denomination, or for the denomination as a whole. We can help answer specific questions you may have about member churches or identify issues that may be hindering churches from being the vibrant places God has called them to be. We’ll provide actionable solutions, based on our experience as interim pastors and through the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
Our Process of Church Revitalization
The process we use to revitalize churches in Long Beach is not quick or easy, but it is effective with churches who are willing to submit themselves to the Lord and tackle the issues facing their church. Our three-phase process includes:
- Diagnostic Analysis (Church Health Assessment)
- Intentional Interim Pastorate
- Follow-Up Coaching
This process has served many churches well, in Long Beach and beyond, helping them realize true and lasting change. We are sometimes asked if we can provide only consulting services, or if we will staff a church with an interim pastor and forego the diagnostic analysis. However, our experience has taught us that all three phases of the process are necessary to truly revitalize a church.
Pastors, With Pastors’ Hearts
There are many individuals out there who can serve as guest pastors, or consulting organizations that can offer sound advice to struggling churches. The pastors at VitalChurch have a passion for the unique ministry of interim pastoring, which involves so much more than just preaching on Sunday or offering consulting services. Their desire is to lead churches through a process of transformation so they can become the vibrant, fruitful places God has called them to be!
One of our interim pastors will be carefully and prayerfully matched with your Long Beach church, based on your particular church’s needs and the pastor’s unique gifts. He will work with your existing church leadership to make the necessary changes that will serve your church well for many years to come.