...helping elders continue to grow as shepherds of God’s people by:

  • Posting informative and encouraging posts on servant leadership.
  • Providing productive weekend workshops for shepherds, ministers, and spouses.
New Shepherds Orientation and Seasoned Shepherds Revitalization

Between Preachers: You Can Grow Through Interim Ministry, by Jerrie Barber

New book about interim ministry

When a preacher stays a long time, usually the church doesn’t like the next preacher. I volunteer to be the next preacher they don’t like. During the six to eighteen months Gail and I work with them, they have time to grieve their losses and wisely select their next preacher. This book describes how we do it.


Dean Miller recommends Between Preachers

Having experienced Jerrie’s interim ministry training, having read his writings, having followed him in a local church after one of his interim ministries…I can testify to just how invaluable his ministry and messages are. This book is balanced. It is biblically-based and filled with practical wisdom gained from experience.

— Dean Miller, Widowhood Workshop Ministry

Scheduling a New Shepherds Orientation Workshop


Would you like improve your effectiveness, realize more satisfaction in your work as a shepherd, and bless the flock you oversee? Click here for more information: New Shepherds Orientation Workshop


Discuss with fellow shepherds, ministers on staff, and spouses about the weekend of training, and discuss possible dates.


Contact Jerrie Barber for details and select a date for your workshop

Email: jerrie@barberclippings.com

Phone: (615) 584-0512

Learning, training, and growing as a shepherd brings:

  • Joy as people follow you as you follow Jesus. 1 Corinthians 11:1; Hebrews 13:17
  • Respect because you have worked hard, you have encouraged, you have admonished, and the people are at peace because you have been willing to endure the pain that brings peace with God, yourself, and others. 1 Thessalonians 5:12, 13
  • At your graduation, you will receive a crown of glory given by the Chief Shepherd. 1 Peter 5:1-4

Contact Jerrie for more information, cell: (615) 584-0512     



What I learned in my first year as…

…an elder: 

I have learned a lot every year. I think the biggest lesson the first year was the realization that people expected me to be a different person after I became an elder. They asked me to serve having known me for 10 to 15 years, yet expected me to have an immediate solution to every problem in an instant. One man that I thought was a close friend seemed withdrawn. When I asked him about the difference in our relationship he said I have to be so careful what I say around you now because you are an elder. I don’t remember anything he said or did before I became an elder that was off-color. I was surprised at the way people treated me as compared to before I was appointed as an elder.

— Steve Simmons, Jackson, Missouri


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Book of the Quarter: The Way of the Shepherd

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How Many Wives Does a Remarried Man Have? Questions when appointing leaders

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When Selecting Elders, Do You Practice Legalized Gossip?

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What Do You Think? How Do You See It?

I haven’t been writing for this blog since December 17 last year. I’m planning to start again. One post a...

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