...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’s wife: 

Joe was installed as an elder in Jan. of 1999. That July, the preacher got mad and quit. Joe was blamed,  still don’t know why.  
My family was verbally attacked by several members of the church. This had nothing to do with the original situation.????

— Cheryl Walker, Eddyville, Kentucky

Read more from Cheryl Walker: >>> First Year as an Elders Wife


To read more from elders and their wives about their first year of service, click on the button:   Click Here

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Between Preachers: You Can Grow Through Interim Ministry — PUBLISHED!

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Two Months — Two Books

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