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Overview
The training's practical nature of providing a model for completing the Intentional Interim Ministry process (practical strategies and tools, while remaining flexible) and the insight into church systems and how they function were invaluable. The most obvious and continuing benefit to the churches I served has been the opening up of a dialogue process. Interestingly, money issues were the main symptoms in all the churches I have served, but the real issues revolved around authoritarian leadership by pastor, staff or a group. The dialogue process interrupted this entrenched leadership and helped move the churches back to a Baptist model of Congregational Rule and the Priesthood of the Believer.”
Karl F. Fickling, Interim Ministry Specialist
Grand Prairie, TX

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.