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An interim pastor question

Discussion in 'Pastoral Ministries' started by Speedpass, Apr 4, 2003.

  1. Speedpass

    Speedpass Active Member
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    Does anyone believe that God can call someone to spend his entire ministerial career as an interim pastor? This is something that crossed my mind today as I was eating lunch.
     
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    Of course, God might lead a person thus. I think, however, that the best "interim" pastor would be one with 20 years experience in 2-3 churches.

    As an "interim", I find each unique and challenging but call on lots of experience as well as training to work through the peculiarities of this ministry.
     
  3. Mark R

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    I agree that someone pretty mature and seasoned would be best suited for this type of ministry. To keep a church going forward, knowing that you'll be replaced in time would be a challenge mentally and emotionally. Out here in the sticks an interin pastor can stay around for years sometimes waiting for someone willing to serve and not be served. A lot of college guys are only interested in the big and the bold, overlooking and dismissive of rural churches. They don't know what they're missing as far as I'm concerned.
     
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    A little twist on this question are some people who go to the mission field not to be church planters, but to help missionaries who need to go on furlough. They come and preach, serve and carry on the work while the missionary goes on furlough and visits his churches. Then when the missionary returns they move on. I agree with Dr. Bob (but not that often really :D ) that this kind of ministry is probably best for someone who has a number of years of experience.
     
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    What were you eating? :D

    I agree with what has been said. I view these things (pastorship) by necessity to be of the Lord. I especially appreciate Circuitrider's response. The way I understand the work of a missionary is for the planting of churches; as the Lord moves upon someone native to the area to be raised up to the position of pastor then the missionary becomes less involved but to move to other works.

    If I am not mistaken this is the way BFM operates and I believe the method to be Biblical.

    God Bless.
    Bro. Dallas [​IMG]
     
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    Maybe I should have started a new post;however, what about intentional interims? I took the course last 2 years and throughly enjoyed it.Learned many things that I could have used as a pastor. About 14-15 in my class, all former pastors;ranging in age 44 to 78. I sense that the program eventually wants this as a specialty pastoral ministry. Don't see how you could do it without first having experience as pastor.What do you all think?
     
  7. Dr. Bob

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    Last thing a struggling church, splitting church, hurt church, pastorless church needs is a ROOKIE. I pray that such a realization would sink into those directing this program.

    I would require 10 years minimum in pastoral experience (probably in two churches; have stable ministry histories) to be sure the men have the "right stuff" to truly minister.

    Problem might be perception of what an interim does (or is expected to do). VERY different from just a pulpit supply.
     
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