A Process for Visioning (part 1)

by Tim Woodroof and Jon Mullican –  Discovering or uncovering a church’s vision requires prayer, time, effort, committed people … and a good, godly process. Common steps that help churches discover vision are listed below. Typically, the decisions required, the pace set, and the steps taken are determined by church leaders (elders and often the ministers […]

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Pursuing God’s Vision for Your Church (part 2)

by Tim Woodroof and Jon Mullican –     In the previous post, we explored three questions church leaders should consider as they peer into God’s preferred future for their churches: Are we willing to accept that a vision for our church is necessary? Are we willing to believe God already has a vision for our […]

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Pursuing God’s Vision for Your Church (Part 1)

by Tim Woodroof and Jon Mullican –  As important as it is for your church to have a clear vision, having the right vision is even more critical. And the right vision does not happen accidentally. It begins with asking a few basic questions and following an effective process. Here are some questions church leaders should […]

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A Tale of Two Churches

by Tim Woodroof and Jon Mullican –  Imagine two churches. Same age, same size, same talented membership, same level of commitment, even the same general community. Similar ministry staff with similar competencies. Each church blessed with sincere, earnest shepherds. Can you see these churches in your mind’s eye? Now fast-forward ten years. One of these churches […]

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State of IMP—January 2017

2016 was another busy and productive year for Interim Ministry Partners. We continue to be amazed how God is opening doors for our ministry and how many churches are looking for help as they make significant transitions. Together in 2016, IMP partners and associates served 14 churches in a “full service” capacity (i.e., being with […]

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Hearing God’s Call for Your Church (part 3) – Doing Your “One Thing”

by Phil Ware –  “No way! Jesus NEVER left behind someone who needed his help! I refuse to believe he ever did that!” The student was adamant. In fact, she was angry at even the suggestion that this could be true. Then came the problem. I read the following to her: Simon and his companions went […]

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Hearing God’s Call for Your Church (part 2) – The Specific Call

by Mark Frost –  The Bible is filled with examples of God calling people to specific tasks for which they were uniquely gifted and qualified. Moses, raised and educated in Pharaoh’s court, was called to deliver God’s demand for his peoples’ freedom—to Pharaoh. God called Joshua to lead the Israelites in the conquest of the […]

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Hearing God’s Call for Your Church (part 1) – The General Call

By Tim Woodroof –  Do you believe God still “calls” people and congregations to accomplish his kingdom business? Like he called Moses and Israel to find the Promised Land? Like Jesus called Peter and the other Apostles to follow him? Like Paul and the Antioch Church was called to reach the Gentiles? The whole idea […]

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A User Friendly Church (part 4) – The Stranger

by Tim Woodroof –  Life was precarious in ancient times. Violence, famine, and plague lurked around every corner. Failed crops and marauding armies threatened ruin for all but the wealthiest few. A careless word, a simple lack of attention, could spell disaster. This was especially true for the “stranger.” A long way from the safety of […]

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A User Friendly Church (part 3) – Can I Get A Little Customer Service?

by Greg Anderson –  You might think “customer service” and “church” do not belong in the same sentence. How can they since churches do not have customers? In this post, Greg Anderson agrees that churches do not have “customers” in the classic sense, but he makes that case that embracing basic customer service principles can […]

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