Monday, December 8, 2014

Thank You and Good-bye

     Thank you for your interest in and response to this blog.  This is the last post in this blog.

     My first blog post was December 11, 2006.  I have included posts on interim ministry, leadership, and other topics.  Many of you have been kind to read and respond to these writings.

     I plan to start a new blog in January:  New Shepherds Orientation.  It will be designed to provide information, inspiration, and appreciation to those men and their families who serve as shepherds (elders, bishops, overseers) of the Lord's church.

     It has been my privilege to lead New Shepherd Orientation Workshops with congregations.  I have learned much in preparing and leading these times of concentrated work on being more effective in being great leaders by being great servants.

     Two blog posts a month will include some of the following topics:

Majority or minority rule?  How many votes do you give to each elder?
Setting goals
Non-suicide contract
Elders appreciation parties
Shepherds who leave when the wolf comes don’t care — Jesus
How to hear criticism
For pain to be most productive, it should be anticipated, chosen, and managed
When most people hurt me, I gave them permission
Contracts - why, written, items, reviewed?
Elder rules
Elder operating procedures:  non-negotiable, negotiable
Counseling for me 
Are death wishes the best way to solve leadership problems?
How to get rid of a bad elder
Questions to learn more about your family.
How do you want the church to be? — Be that!
Grass catcher list
Elders’s meetings
Discussion before decisions
Elder-preacher relationships
Family meetings
A leader is a non-anxious presence.
Funerals and parties
Processing anger
Who selects leaders?
How to select leaders
Planning a preacher’s (elder’s) departure
Elder agreements
48-hour rule
Anonymous letters
Counseling, referral, followup
Suicide, 3 questions, contract.
Delegation steps
Listening until the other person gets through talking
Sabbath - day a week
Good leaders may not be the first to speak 
Are you allowing your last preacher to control your next preacher?
How to deliver bad news — death 
How to deliver bad news — termination, reduction in pay
Should we let our preacher preach after he resigns, is released?
They say we are not open

     If any of these topics sound helpful and interesting, please subscribe to the blog.  I plan to send a link for subscription by the end of the month.

  Thank you again for your encouragement.  Please be looking for the opportunity to subscribe to the new blog.


kwishum said...

Thank you, Jerrie! I have enjoyed and benefited from your blog. While I'll miss these, I look forward to the new one. You consistently provide practical information for improving church practices and productivity. May God continue to bless your work.

Jerrie W. Barber said...


Thank your for your comments. I will notify you and others when the new website and blog go live.