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Overview
I was attracted to Intentional Interim Ministry, not only because congregations need to do it, but also because it would allow me to combine my training in both ministry and academia. I found several aspects of the training to be meaningful. First was the sense of community that developed among participants over the course of the training. Some of this was due to the intense nature of our classroom experience, but also from the times set aside for reflection and Bible study. Secondly, the content of the training was very helpful. It balanced exposition of ideas with practice in applying those ideas. The reminder that self-study work must be done by the congregation allowed both me and the congregations I have served to develop a healthy sense of boundaries and shared ministry.”
Paul Lewis, Interim Ministry Specialist
Macon, GA

Finding opportunity in transition – the Center assists congregations in finding and maximizing the many positives that can accompany a change in pastors, as well as lessening the uncertainty of this period

Interim ministry offers significant opportunity to improve the health of a congregation and establish a basis for a long and meaningful relationship with the next pastor. In our experience, when congregations choose the form of interim ministry that best fits their situation, this can be a period of spiritual growth that also improves organizational effectiveness.

The center assists congregations in determining the type of interim ministry that will be most helpful for them, including:

Traditional Interim Ministry - involves calling an interim pastor who provides limited services in worship leadership and pastoral care. A search committee works to locate a new pastor, and the Center helps congregations locate specialists who can lead that process. E-mail Les Robinson (congreg@wfubmc.edu) for more information.

Intentional Interim Ministry - a process that guides a congregation to explore its heritage, mission, leadership, and connection to the wider church before beginning the formal search for a new pastor. For detailed information on this aspect of our work, read Intentional Interim Ministry—In Perspective.

The center also trains interim pastors to serve as traditional interim pastors and intentional interim ministry specialists. To get started with this training, enroll in Interim Ministry for Today's Church. Training for intentional interim ministry requires that one enroll in this course first.