In August 2017, Chris Caldwell, our pastor of 15 years, ended his ministry at Broadway Baptist Church. Our church’s guiding documents call for our lay leaders (deacons) to present what is called a Search Committee to the church. These volunteers will conduct a national search, which includes gathering resumes, listening to sermons, and doing interviews. They ultimately will bring a candidate “in view of a call,” which means this person will come and meet the people of the church, preach a trial sermon, and then be voted on by the church. There is no system in our tradition for an outside entity “appointing” someone.
During the interim, we are led by an Interim Minister, Ron Higdon, and our team of Associate Pastors.
Ron Higdon is a graduate of Georgetown College, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. From 1984-1993, he was Adjunct Professor of Ministry at Southern Seminary. For 20 years, he was pastor at Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky. He also served First Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Va., First Baptist Church, Rocky Mount, N.C., and Pine Street Baptist Church in Richmond, Va.
Ron was an Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist and a Certified Church Consultant, having received his training through the Center for Congregational Health in Winston-Salem, N.C. He has been intentional interim pastor at First Baptist Church, Corbin, Ky., First Baptist Church, Williamsburg, Ky., Highland Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, First Baptist Church, Athens, Ga., First Baptist Church, Morehead, Ky., and Buechel Park Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky.
His wife, Patricia, is a retired marriage and family counselor. Their adult son, Michael, lives in Sarasota, Fla.
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Interim Pastor Goals
The overall purpose of an Intentional Interim is to help the church prepare for the successful ministry of a new pastor. The following is a list of major goals the interim minister uses to guide the church as they seek to achieve the stated purpose.
- Help the church to discover who, where, and how they are.
- Foster free and open discussion.
- Foster non-judgmental listening and the exchange of differing ideas. (Finding ways to bring the people together for face-to-face dialogue.)
- Foster communication so that the congregation feels they are “in the know” on all that is happening and all that is being considered.
- Make certain that every voice is heard – even those voices that make others uncomfortable. Not allowing any one voice to dominate.
- Regular communication to keep the congregation up to date and let them know that things are moving forward. Much of this to be done in written form.
- Make certain that all segments of the congregation feel included and none feel neglected.
- Regular encouragement for the congregation to keep the church strong during the interim by attendance and financial contributions.
- Emphasize the positive aspects of all the church has done and is doing.
- Make the congregation feel ownership of all decisions that are made. (This, of course, does not mean 100% agreement, but all final decisions should carry a positive vote by a large majority of the congregation – 80% or more.)
Important note: The interim minister will never offer fixes or changes that he thinks should be made. His purpose is to foster the free discussion that addresses the things that congregation feels should be done and the way they should be done.