The interim pastor has a tremendous opportunity to work with church leaders to address many of the issues that can be hazardous for the next permanent pastor. One of the most important questions an interim pastor can ask is, “How can I set the next guy up for success?”
Several key areas will create an environment conducive to long term ministry. The idea is to prevent burnout for the pastor who follows.
Negotiate the pastor’s Sabbath rest
Very few pastors schedule regular time away from church work in their ministry plan. They can easily neglect to set time aside for rest and renewal. Interim pastors perform an invaluable service by negotiating Sabbaticals for the pastor.
Some churches have begun to see the value of this. Others still believe it is nothing more than a glorified vacation. They find it difficult to swallow paying for it.
Help the church board understand that pastors have a hard time caring for themselves. Explain that there is a huge return on investment. When a pastor is directed to spend extended, focused time with the Lord, without the pull of ministry demands, he is…Continue Reading