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Intentional Interim Ministry Training
The staff of the Center have been very helpful with any questions or follow up and have continued to provide preaching and ministry opportunities. The publications that the Center produces are excellent and insightful, listing further opportunities for training as well. Anyone interested in working with churches at a time when they are most open to change and most in need of affirmation would be challenged and rewarded by working as an intentional interim pastor. The educators the Center uses are excellent teachers and have proven themselves competent in their interim and teaching ministries.”
Nancy Ellett Allison, Interim Minister
Charlotte, NC
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.