As I have met and been introduced by various River Road people over the past six weeks, the most frequent question I have been asked is, “What is an Intentional Interim Church Administrator?” Since titles for church staff often times identifies responsibilities and creates expectations, I wanted to take this opportunity to shed light on my title. Since RRCB has had full time church administrators in the past, I am thankful I do not have to try to explain what a church administrator is or does. I have been serving in the ministry of church administration for over 30 years and it is a topic I would have difficulty limiting to the perimeters of this blog.
The Intentional Interim Church Administrator at RRCB is a part time church administrator position that is deliberately, planned to not be the “next” church administrator. Like an interim pastor, as an interim church administrator, I will fill the gap between what was and what will be in the ministry of church administration. When staff positions change at a church, it is a great time to ask, “What changes do we need to make to this position to provide for the future needs of our church?” Part of my interim role is to help provide relief for Dr. Clingenpeel and to assess the role of church administration at RRCB for the future.
One church member asked recently if I was ready to go back into retirement after being on the job for a month. My reply, “Not a chance, I am having too much fun.” I am having a ball discovering more about the people and ministries of RRCB and how they are uniquely called to serve God’s Kingdom in Richmond, VA. I am having fun working with and being a part of the ministry/support teams at RRCB. I am also having fun meeting the challenges that often come when you are the “new kid on the block.”
One of my greatest challenges is realizing that I only serve part time when the historical needs/expectations of this position have been full time. Another challenge is understanding the “River Road Way.” Recently when I arrived at church on my Harley, a church member & friend jokingly said, “Now you know that is not the ‘River Road Way?’” Every church has their way of doing things and it takes time to discover/understand the processes that are an integral part of a churches DNA. A personal challenge I struggle with is that part of my DNA is to fix things. Sometimes I try to fix things when it is not my thing to fix. Sometimes I try to fix things when I don’t have a clue how to fix that thing. Sometimes I fail to pray before trying to fix something.
As the Intentional Interim Church Administrator at RRCB, I covet your prayers for understanding and that I might have wisdom to meet challenges that will result in Kingdom business being accomplished in such a way as to bring glory to our Heavenly Father and His Son.