A comment on another thread set me to remembering growing up out in the sandhills. Our church was too poor to afford a pastor for most of that time. Instead, the deacons did what might be considered "pastoring" and when and as often as we could scrape up the money we hired a preacher to "supply the pulpit." He might supply preach for years, or once, or somewhere in between. It worked well for that little oilfield church. Kept us all on our toes, kept the fellowship close, and allowed for a church in a remote area that otherwise could not have afforded one. I'm wondering if anyone still does this? Do you see it as good or bad for poorer congregations? How would it fit with today's church planting strategies?