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Intentional Interim Ministry Training
The organization and presentation of material during the Intentional Interim Ministry Training was very helpful. I was given the tools to address issues with which every congregation struggles. My experience as an interim was given structure, so that I could go about the tasks of interim ministry with more concrete ways to address issues. The main change I have seen in the churches I have worked with is in the spirit of the community of Christ: less tension and more ability to handle conflict and change -- more energy, more hope.”
Karen Minnich-Sadler, Interim Minister
Gettysburg, PA
What is Intentional Interim Ministry?

When a faith community is between installed pastors, many members become highly anxious. One reason for the anxiety is at least a perceived loss of stability and continuity. The community has lost a key leader. Another reason for the anxiety is a fear factor. Members are afraid that attendance will drop, contributions will decrease, and no one will join the community while this position is vacant.

A vital key to a faith community’s healthy movement through this anxious time is the engagement of a person specifically trained to lead congregations in transition. Intentional Interim Ministry is a congregational process that examines five areas of health:

  • Heritage
  • Mission
  • Leadership
  • Connections
  • Future

Engaging in this reflective process helps a congregation develop clarity about who they are, and who they believe God wants them to be.

What is the Purpose of Interim Training?

The methods of working with these five areas of congregational health are distinct for each faith community. Interim training equips a pastor to minister in the unique opportunities introduced by the transition from one pastor to another.