Leaving Behind a Revitalized and Healthy Church
At the core of a revitalized church is intimacy with Christ. Our interim pastors help a church get to (or get back to) a place of intimacy. From that intimacy, we believe a natural outpouring will be that the congregation will begin to actively engage in their communities with the gospel message, because what people cherish and value, they will want to commend to others (Psalm 67: 1-3).
During their time in a church, our experienced interim pastors also look to resolve any areas of conflict. They take the time to discover the real issues within the church (not just the presenting issues), and they facilitate reconciliation among congregation members and leadership when needed.
On a more practical level, we help churches get their systems in order. This could mean establishing written policies and procedures, clarifying the roles of staff and elders, or implementing any other needed organizational changes.
We consider our process to have been successful when the following five outcomes have been accomplished in a church:
- Gospel values are embedded
- Gifted leaders are empowered
- Good governance is established
- Mission and values are embraced
- Discipleship pathway is engaged
Facilitating a Smooth Transition
During the entire interim pastor period, we encourage the congregation to look forward to the church’s next season of ministry. We help them discover who God is calling them to be as a church and then look for a new permanent pastor who shares their mission and vision.
As our time in a church comes to a close, we work closely with the incoming lead pastor to facilitate a smooth transition of leadership. We also offer follow-up coaching and consulting after the interim pastor period has concluded.