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Intentional Interim Ministry Training
Both the churches I have served have been aided greatly by the self-study of Intentional Interim Ministry. To see them able to self-identify, to deal with some of their systemic problems, to anticipate a new pastor and a new chapter in their history with a reality-based definition of who they were and whom they could become made me feel like a physician who was able to release a well patient who had been through a crisis.”
John W. Wyatt, Interim Minister
Summerville, GA
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.