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Intentional Interim Ministry Training
 I find that each individual on the Center's team knows his/her role and does it well, working with others in concert as a team. I keep the Center aware of what is happening in the church where I'm serving and have always found the Center's team ready, willing and able to assist me in any way they can. If one senses that he/she has God-given gifts for helping others through a crisis and/or helping a church to "be church" in the present and plan for the future, I enthusiastically recommend training through the Center for Congregational Health.”
Jim Langford, Interim Ministry Specialist
Black Mountain, 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.