Interim Pastors Network
Sooner or later, every congregation will experience a pastoral transition. It is a time of unique importance in a congregation’s life. At one time, a pastoral vacancy was viewed as a period of time to maintain, to keep things going and to find a new pastor as quickly as possible. More recently, wise church leaders have begun to see this time as more than just maintenance. A process called Intentional Interim Ministry has been developed, which enhances the congregation’s future health and progress. There is a journey awaiting the interim congregation and there are skilled pastors available to lead this journey – women and men who are intentional interim pastors called to specialized work with congregations in transition. The Delaware-Maryland Synod has established an Interim Pastors Network to support and encourage interim pastors in their calling. The group meets twice a year for education, support and networking. In addition, from time to time we sponsor workshops to enhance skills for interim ministry.
There are five "fundamental tasks" of interim ministry. Five areas that the intentional interim focuses on in his or her work with a congregation. They are:
The next meeting of the Delaware-Maryland Synod Interim Pastors Network will be on Wednesday, April 18 from 10 a.m.-noon in Spangler Hall at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (1609 Kurtz Avenue, Lutherville, MD. 21093). Candy Maxwell, our synod's Lay Leadership Development Director will share her presentation on "Adaptive Change and Leadership." In addition, each attendee will receive a copy of the book Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory by Tod Bolsinger. As always, there will be time for sharing and networking as well. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor George Tuttle.
Download a sample Interim contract
For information on formal training to be an Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist visit one of these websites:
The following is a bibliography for Interim Ministry
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