Time’s up

When the pastor is a lame duck

My contract as “intentional transitional pastor” or interim with East Bay Community Church (not its real name) had expired, and I was working on a month-by-month “fire at will/quit at will” agreement. By the grace of God, the church and I had moved through the five developmental tasks hammered home by the Intentional Ministry Network: we’d come to terms with church history, clarified our identity, embraced leadership changes, renewed denominational links and committed to new directions. Substantial healing had taken place, and a sharpened vision statement had been clearly communicated. I was feeling affirmed by the church and knew that its leaders valued my expertise and contribution, as well as me as a person. My wife and I felt at home at East Bay and loved being there. We had made friends with other couples. I continued to teach and preach . . . and wait.


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