When your preacher leaves…?
When your preacher leaves, what happens next? Often the initial response is to immediately begin looking for another preacher. If the previous preacher had been at the congregation five years or more, the next preacher is frequently rejected. Why? If the alternator goes out on my car, I want it fixed. I take it to the mechanic, he removes the old, installs the new, and my car is fixed.
However, let us suppose that there are two couples in their fifties. A man in one couple and the woman in the other couple die within a few months of each other. It might be great for the surviving spouses to marry each other. Conventional wisdom says that they need to wait a few months after the funeral. People are not machines. The emotional process of grief takes some time. One relationship needs to have some closure before a new one is started for the new one to be most effective.
Interim ministry is designed for the transition. I have been studying and have been trained to help a church experience spiritual and emotional growth during this period. When working with a church during this time, I will agree not to consider or be considered as the next full-time preacher. We will work together six to eighteen months and prepare for the church and next preacher to grow together to God’s glory.
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