Intentional interim ministry (often referred to simply as interim ministry) is an opportunity for a community of faith to take an intentional time out to seek spiritual and organizational renewal, to rediscover its identity, and to revitalize its mission.
Interim ministry assists with transitions of all kinds. Some of the primary ones are
- disagreements and tension that are blocking a community of faith’s life and effectiveness
- serious trauma, such as sexual or financial misconduct
- the departure of a long-tenured (10+ years) minister or the death of a minister
- inadequate finances for the community of faith’s life and mission
- major changes in the demographics of the community of faith or its surrounding community
- the desire of a community of faith to rediscover its identity and mission or to move in a new direction in its ministry
Interim ministry is essential for communities of faith that are in crisis. Trained ministry personnel will lead the community of faith through its feelings of anxiety, struggle, pain, and grief to a place of healing and readiness for the next stages.
Interim ministry is also of benefit to any community of faith that wishes to manage change intentionally for a stronger, healthier ministry and future.
The Office of Vocation is responsible for the designation of intentional interim ministers. Communities of faith create a transition team to manage the process of interim ministry, with the support of their regional council. The resources below explain interim ministry in greater detail.