"Love the program. We have grown and bridged conflicts. We built teams to get us on track. We gained greater understanding of who and where we are. We know more about strengths and weaknesses.

Church Board (May 2017)
Church of the Nazarene, John Day, OR

"Toward the end of one of my TIPS assignments I gave each board member a rubber band.  I talked about how during a transition, things in the church can get stretched out of peoples' comfort zone.  When you release the rubber band, it tends to snap back to its original shape.  I asked each board member to share a positive stretching point during the transition--one they would like to see continue--and what it would take to sustain that change.

Some members said they felt like "adults" for the first time, empowered to lead and assume responsibility in new areas of ministry.  This was particularly encouraging in a church that tended to become overly pastor-dependent.

Other board members talked about keeping the big picture in mind, focusing more on the what than the how.  Still other members mentioned the priority of prayer being elevated as well as the level of positive communication with the congregation.  They also valued having more direct conversations and less triangulated ones.  These were all signs to me that God had been at work in the lives of these leaders."

Steve Conway
Retired TIP Pastor

"From the time that we entered into an agreement with NCS - going through the church assessments and surveys - it has only enhanced our growth and understanding of our church. We greatly appreciate the forethought and discernment so that NCS put into their program and process. I know that each Pastor that is serving them is a quality person and understands the goal to prepare churches for the future. It's been a joy and a pleasure to have been part of the process."

David Johns (January 2017)
Church of the Nazarene, John Day, OR

"Advantages of TIPs for some churches in transition.

*       Provides mature and temporary  leadership when the church is in transition

*       The surveys and interviews and NCS assessment provide a current picture of church strengths and weaknesses

*       Allows church to address weaknesses and make plans to implement improvements and if time allows to start implementing those changes

*       Helps identify needs of the community

*       Helps identify what traits  would be important in a new pastor

*       Allows a gap between pastors so both the former pastor and new pastor can be appreciated.  (the shadow of a successful former pastor can be difficult to overcome by a new pastor)

*       Provides selection advice to the church as they look to fill a pastoral position.

*       Helps the church reflect on past history and recall God's provision during good and bad times.

*       Review of current programs and if changes are needed or if new programs need to be initiated.

*       Can bring a nonbiased viewpoint when needed.

*       Brings scripture teaching that is relevant to the church's vacancy and prepare the congregation for the introduction of a new minister and possible changes."

Duane Groenenboom (July 2016)

"Pastor Nate & Janette are about to finish up their time here with the Fellowship family and we are searching for our permanent pastor.  This time with them, both, has been amazing and we have all learned sooooo much from them.  They are both wonderful servants for the Lord and I would highly recommend them to anyone who needed a LEADERSHIP team who can teach LOVE, PRAYER & UNITY….   Our time together has been amazing and, as the only original planter left at Fellowship, I've seen more Spiritual growth in these past 18 months with them both serving Christ and leading this congregation TOGETHER,  husband and wife,  than I've seen since we planted the church.  PRAISE GOD!  They will be missed!

Our church has re-casted its vision and come together 100% unified in its leadership board as well as congregation over these past 18 months and I can not say THANK YOU loud enough to Pastor Nate, Janette, Lonnie Bullock, David Hayes and the rest of the NCS TEAM, including all of the prayer warriors. It has been a WONDERFUL experience in every way!  If I could wish for anything to have been different I would wish we would have found you all sooner than we did.

Fellowship has been through a lengthy process to get to this place of health and we could not have done it with out the NCS TEAM.  On behalf of the entire board of Fellowship Church of God, THANK YOU!"

Michele Powell (March 2016)
Fellowship Church of God, Bradenton, FL 

"Sharon and I were at First Wesleyan a week ago to install the new co-pastors. The atmosphere was electric! The sanctuary was full, the energy palpable, the enthusiasm contagious, the worship team led with spirit and passion. It was a completely different church from June 2014. You deserve much of the credit. I wanted to express my gratitude to you again.
The following Sunday they had 250 people in church - 25 people came to faith in Christ! It's a new day for the church. They have hope and momentum. I am so grateful.

Ed Rotz (July 2015)
Kansas Wesleyan District

"We were very happy with our TIPS experience. A new Senior Pastor was able to step into a healthy environment with awareness and unity." 

Isaac Smith
Dakota Wesleyan District

"I have used a NCS trained Interim Pastor three times over the past three years. Every experience has been highly successful in moving the churches involved from "anxiety to anticipation." This service has provided strategic interventions that have been critical in helping the churches involved be much better prepared for the permanent pastor. I highly recommend TIPs!"      

Lee Woolery
Northwest Indiana Nazarene District

"Our church's decision to use the Transitional Interim Pastor route was a real blessing. Pastor Mark Butcher helped us in ways we had not even considered.  He was well skilled in helping the church assess where we were and what we wanted for the future.  He coordinated that assessment for the congregation and for the Board, and then supported the Board in processing both of those assessments and focusing on what qualities we needed in our next pastor. The process equipped us to move forward and move forward with confidence that we had identified our situation and our needs.

He trained the Board to understand differing interview techniques and honed our skills as we prepared to interview pastoral candidates.  He helped the Board prepare for a new pastor. It was an excellent process undertaken during regular monthly meetings and a real blessing to the entire church. In retrospect, we were thankful to have had the training as we interviewed and called a new pastor.

We were hurting and he helped us heal.  He and his wife Paula are a warm and giving couple.  He has a great sense of humor but is willing to have a difficult discussion where needed.  Because he is not under consideration for a permanent position he is free to address those difficult situations that someone following the long time pastor might not be ready to address when first coming into a congregation."

Susan Hufman
Chair, 2012 - 2013 Board of Trustees
Leavenworth Church of the Nazarene

"The work of TIPs has positively impacted seven of my churches as they journeyed through transition times. I've used these pastors in churches of different sizes and facing different circumstances. I've seen churches with long term pastors be helped by having some time and space to reflect and evaluate before calling their next pastor. I've witnessed some hurting congregations find this time to be healing as they were led by experienced pastors who were not afraid to confront the hard issues. I've watched some stagnant churches come alive as a leader came to help them take honest assessments and help them get unstuck. Again and again I've watched as the Spirit has used the skills, heart, and wisdom of gifted pastoral leaders guide a congregation from a resignation to the calling of a new pastor."

Randy Craker
Northwest Nazarene District