We welcome Rev. Dan and Libby Ivins back as our interim pastor and family.
Pastor Dan Ivins, and his wife of 58 years have served in churches all across this country for the past 51 years. The last four have been interim situations. This is the 2nd interim at Warwick Central Baptist.
“We have lived most of our time in the DC/Maryland area. Then called to churches in Alabama, Arizona, the northwest in Oregon, and the midi-west in Indiana. Interims include Syracuse, NY, Loudon, TN. And most recently Lincoln, VT. So we’re glad to be back in RI, Warwick/Providence.”
The Ivins’ have 2 daughters living in the Southland and 4 grands, 1 great. Libby is an active contributor in her own right and gets involved in church and community activities. They enjoy traveling, and getting to know new friends, and old acquaintances. Dan rides his motorbike, and is an avid Yankee fan! Waaah! There’s a price to pay for that in this area. They are also big Tennessee football fans, and women’s basketball fans. They love to make the church hum. That is why they are here.
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"The Interim Church"
The interim period between pastors is somewhat like autumn...
*a time of participation,
*a time of watching and waiting,
*a time of uncertainty,
*a time of hope and promise.
It is preparing for the approaching season of expectancy.
not a time to hibernate and allowing the church's metabolism to drop.
Or grow weak while existing on past glories,
when "how it used to be" is the favorite standard raised.
The interim period can be a time to grow more vital.
*to discover hidden strengths,
*to test new ideas,
*to vent emotions and heal hurts,
*renew faith and resolve,
*embrace inevitable change,
*and look forward to the future God has in store for us.
The interim church should put away "childish things,"
* to be of good cheer for the new day that's coming...
*old things have passed away,
*to claim the promise of rejuvenation,
*new banners unfurled,
*fresh enthusiasm soars,
*new voices speak,
The interim church has "resurrection potential,"
*to defrost its frozen assets.
*The congregation is revitalized,
*as it waits on tiptoe for "the one who is to come."
The interim church can experience new purpose,
*intentionally grow stronger,
*and mature in faith, hope, and love.
"Behold, I make all things new."
from Interim Pastor Dan