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Intentional Interim Ministry Training
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
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.