Interim Ministry
Positive Change in Times of Transition

One church is devastated by the death of their young minister, another is at the point of meltdown having dropped a third of its attendance and giving in only a few months. Both would be candidates for interim ministry and both would be served by the same caring pastor. In his new book, Interim Ministry: Positive Change in Times of Transition, the author shares his goals and strategies for helping these churches make a dramatic comeback from crisis and chaos. In spite of the initial environments of high anxiety and discouragement, both churches would regain a sense of hope and reclaim their church identity.

This book goes well beyond simply offering methodologies on interim ministry. Instead, it shares concrete examples of how the initial goals of the interim pastor were implemented through programs, group interaction, pastoral care, sermons, and written communication.

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“This is one of those rare books that wades into sensitive circumstances without exploiting them. The result is a great resource for the expanding field of interim ministry. When you read it, you walk along side a gifted practitioner and pastor as he navigated the perilous waters of change and trauma through the specific role of an intentional interim leader.”
The Rev. Dr. James Ozier, Director of the Center for New Church Development and Congregational Transformation, North Texas Conference UMC

“Many congregations experience life-threatening events. Some survive but few thrive after a crisis. The two congregations profiled here are thriving now because a skilled Intentional Interim Minister gently led them out of a crisis and into a new future—one with hope! The process detailed on these pages may serve as a guide to other interim pastors and the results achieved are a beacon of hope to struggling congregations everywhere.”
The Rev. Suzan Carter, D. Min., Director of Intentional Interim Ministry, Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church/TIIMSA Chair-elect

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