The time between permanent pastors is an important time for a faith community.  Members often operate at maximum capacity as they make crucial decisions about the future direction of the congregation. Their experience is enhanced by engaging a leader specifically trained in the dynamics of transition.

This conference will prepare participants to:

  • Develop a covenant with a congregation that clearly describes the responsibilities of the interim minister and the congregation.
  • Enter a congregation in order to more quickly join with them in ministry.
  • Study the health of a congregation and determine where they might need assistance.
  • Articulate the role of the interim pastor in planning for the congregation’s future, including appropriate contact with the Pastor Search/Call Committee.
  • Prepare the congregation for the coming of a new minister.
  • Exit a congregation in a way that models good closure for ministry and the opening of a new chapter in the faith community’s life.

Interim Ministry – 1 is designed to meet the basic needs of traditional interim ministers. For those who want to apply for advanced training in intentional interim ministry (Interim Ministry – 2), this introductory course qualifies as 17 of the 85 required hours.

The conference begins on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and will end on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Tuition is $550.  A $100 scholarship is available for AR Baptist pastors, and for CBF-affiliated pastors from any state.  There are additional charges for housing, meals and breaks.  The total cost is $628.25 (for single accommodations, meals, and breaks).  The cost for pastors qualifying for the scholarship mentioned above is $528.25.

Please note: a quality learning experience is dependent upon a minimum number of active participants.  The Center reserves the right to cancel any training event that does not reach a minimum of 10.  Please take this into consideration when making travel arrangements.

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