6 Ways an Interim Pastor Can Help a Church in Crisis

H. Curtis McDaniel | April 27, 2015

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” — Winston Churchill

I still remember my first day as the interim pastor. I was hardly in the building 15 minutes when an assistant pastor shared with our pastoral team just moments before the 8 a.m. service that he and his wife sold their condo and would be moving to Kentucky in a few weeks. I thought to myself, Happy days are here again! It gets better: eight days later, another assistant pastor confided that he would be leaving for Tennessee to accept a deserving opportunity as a family pastor at a prominent church.

These two departures were not the reason I came as interim pastor to this church. Several months before, their lead pastor abruptly resigned and left—overnight—with no warning or announcement to the leaders or to the congregation. An assistant pastor found the departed pastor’s letter of resignation on his desk the next morning.

Although this was a good, loving congregation in many ways, you can imagine the shock, bewilderment, and feelings of crisis that came as three beloved pastors—tenuring more than 30 years ministry—left for different reasons. 

Interim amid Crisis

Welcome to the world of interim pastoring in a crisis.

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