News, reflections & musings on interim work at Calvin Church.

June 20, 2018

None of us can truly know what the future will bring, and few of us are any good at predicting the future. Apart from TV "mediums" that is. (Ahem.) Wouldn't it be nice if we could make better decisions that impacted the future?

A recent article...

June 14, 2018

What do you remember about September 11, 2001? Where were you? Who were you with? What were you doing? You probably have vivid recollections of this national tragedy. But what do you remember about September 11, 2002? Probably not as clear a recollection, right? That's...

June 6, 2018

"I'm spiritual but not religious." This mantra from non-churched (or de-churched folks) is commonplace today. The sentiment reflects an enormous shift away from religious institutions (churches, synagogues) as THE centers for personal / spiritual growth. Brew pubs, cof...

May 31, 2018

A few years ago the Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church (USA) went through major revisions. Overall the goal was to empower congregations to make local decisions about ministry and mission based on foundational principles articulated in the Constitution of the chu...

May 24, 2018

Interim work involves reviewing a congregation's heritage and current assets in order to prepare the congregation for the future with a new pastor. What worked in the past that works today (or doesn't work today)? What does the current church vision suggest the congreg...

May 14, 2018

Assisting the Congregation Get Clarity in its Vision

A vision statement looks into the future at least five years and defines a desired future state – one that may not even seem possible today. An example of a vision was President John F. Kennedy’s statement that Americ...

May 11, 2018

"4th Tuesdays with Doug" will not take place due to a scheduling conflict.

May 10, 2018

Last week I listed the "traditional" interim tasks. This week I offer a slightly different view of interim work. This work was created by the the Center for Congregational Health, a ministry of Wake Forest Baptist Health’s FaithHealth Division (NC).

Five Focus Points...

May 3, 2018

Interim ministry is focused on helping a congregation be in a place to call a new Pastor after having done "Five Developmental Tasks of the Congregation in Search of A New Pastor."* Here are those tasks. (Net week I'll provide a different perspective of this work.)

1. C...

April 26, 2018

“The mission of God in Christ gives shape and substance to the life and work of the Church. In Christ, the Church participates in God’s mission for the transformation of creation and humanity by proclaiming to all people the good news of God’s love, offering to all peo...

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