Questions Concerning the Process Tasks of the Interim Leader

Joining the System 

What did you (the interim pastor) do to join the system? What do you think you could have done differently in this case to make better emotional connections?

Analyzing the organization as a system
In what ways did you (the interim pastor) personally determine the strengths and needs of the system? How did that system’s hypothesis help your work in that interim situation?

Connecting with the denomination
Who did you (the interim pastor) talk to in order to get the perspective of and support needed from denominational connections? To what extent did your own connecting assist or encourage the congregation to rethink its denomination linkages?

Focusing and assuming responsibility
What was your most significant leadership tactic in that interim situation? How did it turn out as you look at it now? How did you (the interim pastor) assume responsibility for personal self care in that interim situation?

Exiting and evaluating
What did you (the interim pastor) learn from the way you left that interim situation? What did the congregation learn from your leave taking?

The Process Tasks in General
In what ways have these process tasks helped you to clarify your distinctive role as an interim leader as both a member and an outsider to the system?

 

Alternate questions in the process tasks

 

Joining the system
What techniques/methods/strategies do or could you, as an interim pastor or consultant, use to join a congregation that would facilitate the experience of emotional contact with the members?

Analyzing the organization as a system
What do you do to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of a church?

Connecting with the denomination
To whom do you talk in order to get the perspective of and support needed from the denominational system?

Focusing and assuming responsibility
What are the special areas of expertise that you have to give to a church in the interim time? How could you determine if the church needs you to exercise your areas of expertise during the interim time?

Exiting and evaluating
What is your normal style in leaving the leadership role? How could you evaluate the impact of your ministry as interim pastor or consultant?