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 Monday, October 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. and will end on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 11:45 a.m.

Tuition is $595.  A $100 scholarship is available from the Baptist General Association of Virginia and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship for BGAV and CBF pastors.  There are additional charges for housing, meals and breaks.  The total cost is $815 (for single accommodations, meals, and breaks), or $670 (for commuters; meals and breaks included).  The total cost for BGAV and CBF pastors is $715 (single) or $570 (commuter).  

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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