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Intentional Interim Ministry Training
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
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.