Seven Ways an Interim Pastor Can Help Your Church Become Healthier
1. The time between pastors can be one of the most effective periods in the life of a church. The interim pastor can help the church utilize this time to evaluate, refocus, heal, solve problems, and prepare for the calling of the next pastor.
2. Church attendance tends to remain higher when an interim pastor is serving the church. He brings continuity to the ministry, and this helps maintain positive growth.
3. Visitor retention can be higher when pastoral care is present. Without the stability of consistent pastoral ministry, newcomers may continue their search for a church home and fail to take a second look at your church.
4. Giving tends to remain higher. Giving is often generated by need. If the local church seeks to save money during the interim period, they may find it difficult to regain that income when it is needed to provide for the new pastor. When churches have a full-time interim pastor from the start of their pastoral vacancy, everyone knows that the budget needs are similar, and giving reductions usually do not happen.
5. The senior pastor's leadership position is strengthened. Some churches reassign a staff member to fill the senior pastor role during the interim. This may create some potential difficulty when the new pastor arrives and the staff person must return to their previous assignment.
6. The energy of church leaders remains higher and burnout is avoided. With the presence of an interim pastor, they are not carrying an increased load of ministry. As a result, when the permanent pastor arrives, they are energized to begin ministry together.
7. The church is not rushed to find a Pastor. With an interim pastor present, the church can take the necessary time to prayerfully and diligently engage in the search process for a new pastor.