You know you’ve been an interim pastor for too long when:
- 24 months at the same church seems like a long term tenure
- You’re ready to move on as soon as you learn everyone’s first name
- You use the Lifecycle chart to explain the eschatology of the Book of Revelation
- You expect that all church potluck suppers begin with a nasty food fight
- When you explain your work to other clergy they ask, “Why didn’t somebody tell me about this thirty years ago?”
- Your idea of light reading is combing through old church records, looking for mischief.
- Your ten-year old PowerPoint presentation is still up to date
- Your client church can’t tell if you are a trouble shooter or a trouble maker
- You think, “if only you knew!” when people ask you, “Why can’t you be our pastor?”
- You prefer the organ to an electronic keyboard because it burns longer.
Here’s more from Alan Cole:
- You think the revolving door on the parsonage is normal.
- You’ve learned to control the urge to take people by the ear when you see them huddled in the corner, whispering and pointing in your direction.
- You’re trying to spiritualize a way to vote someone off the island.
Updated 2/13/2013 – from Belinda Koenig:
- The search committee for the new pastor speeds up its process, with an underlying frantic urgency.