Jurisdictional Training Series for Transitional-Interim Pastors Starts in July
May 06, 2010
Think only other denominations use interim pastors? Think again.
Think only other denominations train interim pastors? Think again.
United Methodists have been training and appointing interim pastors for nearly 10 years! More than 200 United Methodist pastors from many different conferences have been trained for interim work, and many are appointed as TIMS – transitional-interim ministry specialists.
Are you interested in being trained for transitional-interim ministry? Do you know a colleague who might be? It's good work, and – unlike most ministry – interim ministry carries with it a clear focus and agreed-upon end date. Such boundaries create a unique context. Interim pastors are deployed to parishes facing significant transition, such as moving through conflict, letting go of a long-term pastor, merging, or restoring trust after pastoral misconduct. Training as an interim is ideal for retired pastors – or those soon to retire – as well as for active pastors who wish to broaden the kinds of congregations they might one day serve.
Interim training is coordinated through the Intentional Growth Center at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, at different sites around the country. The training is in three phases: a Phase I intensive, followed by a Phase II mentoring on site, followed by a Phase III intensive.
The Western Jurisdiction is sponsoring the first interim training in the Far West – at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California, not far from San Francisco International Airport. Phase I dates are July 20-23, 2010. Phase III dates are January 11-13, 2011. Cost per participant, which includes tuition for all phases and room and board for both Phase I and Phase III, is $1,425 before June 1. Travel costs are extra. If you need financial help, contact your District Superintendent, who stands ready to assist.
For more information, download flyer with registration form (in PDF format). The registration form is interactive, so it can be filled out on line, printed, and mailed.