Love the preacher who left? You won’t like the new one

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Love the preacher who left? You won’t like the new one (reporting from Wichita, Kan.): Instead of hiring a ‘sacrificial lamb,’ interim ministry advocates urge a process of reflection and discernment.

WICHITA, Kan. — Mark Frost drives a Ford Focus.

His other vehicle, he quips, is a Cessna.

“So I feel like I’m coming home,” Frost jokes as he introduces himself to the RiverWalk Church of Christ — in the home city of Cessna Aircraft Co.

The Detroit-area resident flies his Cessna Skyhawk mostly for recreation.

But for the next six to 18 months, he’ll commute each weekend via Delta Airlines — a 1,600-mile round trip — and fill the pulpit of this downtown church.

Frost is one of a growing contingent of “interim ministers” who help Churches of Christ make the transition from one preacher to the next.

This story appears in the August 2015 print edition of The Christian Chronicle.