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The concept is that the interim time for a congregation need not be simply a time to endure while the church waits for a new pastor to come and lead them, but can be proactive in taking advantage of a prime time for renewal. I find the effort to apply systems thinking to the dynamics of church life most stimulating. The five developmental tasks have been invaluable to me as organizational principles around which the church can gather as they move toward a clearer understanding of its nature and mission.”
Charles Dorman, Interim Ministry Specialist
Raleigh, NC

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 ( 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.