Interim time is a crucial time in the life of a congregation. Its an important time to reflect on where the church has been and where it is going. To prepare for the next chapter in the life and ministry of the church this is a pivotal time to discover "Who we are?", "Who is our neighbor?", and "What is God calling us to do and to be?" Finding this crystal clarity is pivotal to an effective search process for the next pastor, as well as a healthy, faithful and effective start in the churches next chapter.
Our Conference offers a variety of resources and guidance for this time. You'll find some on our website. Along with guidance from your Associate Conference Minister and leadership of the Association you'll find a qualified Interim pastor who can help the church do this faithful work of reflection and discernment.
Our Conference also has a Transitional Ministry Team that constantly seeks to upgrade the skills of our interims with some of the latest insights and information. Additionally, Most Interims are involved in the Communities of Practice, some with only other Interims, others with both Settled and Interims. Annually, Interims gather together for an “In-Service Day” and many also attend workshops sponsored by the Mass Conference Leadership.
As your church's interim time approaches, connect with your Associate Conference Minister as soon as possible to get the help you need to move into and through this time faithfully
If you are interested in Interim Training, please read through the weblinks below for more information on interim ministry in our Conference. You may also want to visit the Interim Ministry Network website for a current list of training options.
UPCOMING INTERIM EVENTS
Ministry in Times of Church Discernment and Closure: Webinar for Intentional Interim Ministers
Presenters: Rev. Gail Irwin and Rev. Jonathan New
Thursday, September 28 - 2:30PM to 4:00 PM EDT
Serving a church discerning closure is a significant, challenging and unique experience for an intentional interim minister. This online presentation will discuss the theological foundations for helping a church re-shape or close and the unique role of the interim in this process. Read More for Complete Details
This Fall we have two opportunities for interim training in MACUCC. We want to encourage you to save the dates now. We will be sending out more information along with registration links in early Fall.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Rev. Don Remick.
NEW UCC LOCAL CHURCH PROFILE
MESA (Ministerial Excellence Support and Authorization) has developed a new Local Church Profile for churches in transition. The nature and scope of this profile will reshape the way interim ministry is done. At our October 6th workshop we began to explore the implications of the New UCC Local Church Profile on the work and ministry of interims. We talked about this in the context of the continuum of ministry of settled, through transition to settled. Below is the PowerPoint (Continuing the Continuum) that was used at this workshop. Below is also the PowerPoint: "Introducing the new Local Church Profile - " which comes from Malcolm Himshoot of MESA (Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization). It is their introduction to the new profile for interims.