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Intentional Interim Ministry Training
I recommend to others, on a regular basis, Intentional Interim Ministry Training and the Center for Congregational Health as the best source of training. These four and one-half years as an intentional interim pastor have been meaningful ones for me and productive ones for the congregations that I have served, due, in a significant measure, to the initial and on-going training provided by the Center. I would also recommend the Center because of the personal support that is given and because of the integrity of the process for referring prospective intentional interim pastors to local congregations.”
Wade D. Tucker, Sr., Interim Ministry Specialist
Dobson, 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.