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Intentional Interim Ministry Training
The concept is that the interim time for a congregation need not be simply a time to endure while the church waits for a new pastor to come and lead them, but can be proactive in taking advantage of a prime time for renewal. I find the effort to apply systems thinking to the dynamics of church life most stimulating. The five developmental tasks have been invaluable to me as organizational principles around which the church can gather as they move toward a clearer understanding of its nature and mission.”
Charles Dorman, Interim Ministry Specialist
Raleigh, NC
What is Intentional Interim Ministry?

When a faith community is between installed pastors, many members become highly anxious. One reason for the anxiety is at least a perceived loss of stability and continuity. The community has lost a key leader. Another reason for the anxiety is a fear factor. Members are afraid that attendance will drop, contributions will decrease, and no one will join the community while this position is vacant.

A vital key to a faith community’s healthy movement through this anxious time is the engagement of a person specifically trained to lead congregations in transition. Intentional Interim Ministry is a congregational process that examines five areas of health:

  • Heritage
  • Mission
  • Leadership
  • Connections
  • Future

Engaging in this reflective process helps a congregation develop clarity about who they are, and who they believe God wants them to be.

What is the Purpose of Interim Training?

The methods of working with these five areas of congregational health are distinct for each faith community. Interim training equips a pastor to minister in the unique opportunities introduced by the transition from one pastor to another.