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Title: INTENTIONAL INTERIM MINISTRY


1
INTENTIONAL INTERIM MINISTRY
  • Created by
  • The Center For Congregational Health
  • Adapted By Ken Coffee

2
Intentional Interim Ministry...
  • is a process
  • intentionally adopted by the congregation
  • aimed at discovering/discerning/clarifying Gods
    will and direction for the church
  • is a congregations intentional decision to use
    the transition period between pastors as a
    productive time of personal and corporate
    spiritual growth
  • involves an in-depth self-study that explores
    five developmental or transitional tasks

Definitions
  • requires the self-study to take place before the
    Pastoral Search Committee begins its work
  • uses a Transition Team to guide the work of the
    congregation .

3
An Intentional Interim Minister
  • is an experienced, ordained minister
  • completes specialized training that concentrates
    on the dynamics of transition
  • Over 60 classroom hours
  • Includes a six-month period of supervised
    fieldwork
  • functions as the churchs senior pastor in regard
    to preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and
    administration.
  • equips and guides the Transition Team to engage
    the congregation in the self-study process.

4
Primary Reasons To Consider Intentional Interim
Ministry
The Church
  • has experienced the departure of a beloved pastor
    who served ten or more years
  • has a nucleus of lay leaders who recognize a loss
    of direction or meaning for the church
  • anticipates the next installed pastor being at
    least a generation younger than the departing
    pastor
  • has seen average worship attendance drop by 35
    percent or more during the last few years

5
Primary Reasons To Consider Intentional Interim
Ministry
The Church
  • forced the last pastor to leave
  • encountered misbehavior by a former pastor
  • knows there is destructive conflict within the
    congregation or its staff
  • experienced conflict between the congregation and
    the former pastor

6
The Stages of Intentional Interim Ministry
Endings In Between Times
New Beginnings
Dis-enchantment Dis-identification Dis-organizatio
n Dis-engagement
Re-enchantment Re-identification Re-organization R
e-engagement
The Stages of Intentional Interim Ministry
7
The Stages of Intentional Interim Ministry
Endings In Between Times
New Beginnings
Dis-enchantment Dis-identification Dis-organizatio
n Dis-engagement
Re-enchantment Re-identification Re-organization R
e-engagement
Start-up
Termination
Installation
Direction Finding
Call
Self Study
Search
  • the relationship of pastor to people is ended
  • some people are devastated, some are elated,
    and some are confused
  • The congregation does an in-depth study of who
    it is and how God is working in it.
  • The congregation looks at itself in light of what
    members believe God wants this particular church
    to accomplish at this time in history.
  • The Pastor Search Committee introduces the
    candidate to the congregation
  • The congregation affirms Gods call
  • The church moves out of the wilderness and
    into the Promised Land
  • the church considers its options for addressing
    the interim time
  • The Pastor Search Committee
  • Gathers resumes
  • Checks references
  • Interviews candidates
  • This marks the beginning of the honeymoon period
    between the pastor and the church

The entire intentional interim process typically
lasts between 6 and 18 months
  • The new pastor begins to become part of this
    community of faith and the wider community

8
The Stages and Tasks of Intentional Interim
Ministry
Endings In Between Times
New Beginnings
Dis-enchantment Dis-identification Dis-organizatio
n Dis-engagement
Re-enchantment Re-identification Re-organization R
e-engagement
Start-up
Termination
Installation
Direction Finding
Call
THE FIVE DEVELOPMENTAL TASKS OF THE SELF-STUDY
Self Study
Search
Self Study and the Developmental Tasks
9
The Stages and Tasks of Intentional Interim
Ministry
Endings In Between Times
New Beginnings
Self Study
Commitment to New Leadership and Future
Identity
History
Denominational Relationships
Leadership and decision making
10
The Stages and Tasks of Intentional Interim
Ministry
Endings In Between Times
New Beginnings
Dis-enchantment Dis-identification Dis-organizatio
n Dis-engagement
Re-enchantment Re-identification Re-organization R
e-engagement
Start-up
Termination
Installation
Direction Finding
Call
Self Study
Search

Commitment to New Leadership and
Future
History
Self Study and the Developmental Tasks
Identity
Leadership and Decision Making
Leadership and Decision Making
Denominational Relationships
11
The Transition Team
  • A group of trusted, respected, spiritually wise
    church leaders selected by the congregation to
    guide the process
  • Representative of the entire congregation
  • A model to the congregation - looking for Gods
    movement, will and purpose for the church
  • The group to whom the intentional interim pastor
    is responsible
  • Determines when the church is ready to
    form/activate the Pastor Search Committee
  • Critical strategy this is the congregations
    work
  • A new group life

12
The Transition TeamObjectives
  • Become a safe, trusting, and open group
  • Customize the intentional interim process, tasks,
    and activities to fit the congregations needs
  • Facilitate the congregations engagement of the
    interim work
  • Lead the interim process, do not run the church

13
Distinctives of Intentional Interim Ministry
  • Covenant Agreement the Intentional Interim
    Minister comes to the church under a covenant
    agreement that establishes
  • an estimated time line (beginning and ending)
  • expectations for the interim time
  • Self-Study the congregation agrees to engage in
    a thorough self-study that
  • focuses on five developmental or transitional
    tasks
  • is aimed at discovering/discerning/clarifying
    Gods will and direction for the church
  • Transition Team the Intentional Interim
    Minister provides leadership and guidance, but it
    is a congregational process that is led by a
    Transition Team of lay people.
  • Search the Pastoral Search Committee does not
    begin its work until the Transition Team
    indicates that the congregation has finished the
    self-study.
  • Evaluation a system of checks and balances,
    with the church, the interim pastor, and the
    denomination.

14
Benefits Of CallingAn Intentional Interim
Minister
  • Sustains ongoing ministries and programs
  • Assists in identifying and dealing with
    unresolved issues of the church
  • Serves as a catalyst to bring about the healing
    process
  • Facilitates the grieving process--regardless of
    how the former pastor left, there are some who
    grieve about it
  • Reduces the urgency of forming a Pastoral Search
    Committee
  • Provides the Pastoral Search Committee with the
    information required to do a more thorough job
  • Assists the church in seeking to discover,
    discern, and/or clarify Gods will and direction
    for the future
  • Leads the congregation through an introspective
    experience - who are we and who do we think God
    wants us to be
  • Prevents backlog of pastoral needs
  • Provides stability during a period of change and
    helps the church visualize change
  • Maintains momentum of the church
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