Interim ministry

Transitional Ministry in MACUCC!

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.

If you are new to the Interim Ministry process in the Mass Conference, please review the "MACUCC Protocols for Interim Ministry" document.  The document outlines the interim process and provides you with important information you will need prior to your interim search.  
Effective June 15, 2016 all new profiles by pastors seeking interim positions will need to be in the UCC Ministerial Profile (and Snapshot) format.  You can find information for this at
  • Current MACUCC Interim Pastor Profiles will still be valid after June 15, 2016 UNTIL the Oxford Documents Background Check expires.  You will not be required to make the change to the new UCC Ministerial Profile until your Oxford expires, however, you may want to so that you are consistent with the materials being reviewed by interim search committees.
  • Background checks will no longer be done by the MA Conference.  They will be done through the UCC Ministerial Profile. 
Questions regarding the UCC Ministerial Profile:  Martha Goodman

To know which local churches are seeking Interims, contact the Associate Conference Minister for that Region - Conference Staff Directory.


Interim Ministry Manual

Living the Covenants - Mutual Expectations

Models for Leadership When a Position Becomes Open

Designated Term Pastor (MA) 

The Transforming and Transformed Church of the Emerging Era




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. 

  • October 12, 2017 (Thursday)
    This day will begin with a morning focus on the Make It Real program in Massachusetts.  This program will be offered through our Associations inviting churches to invite Association leadership into a conversation on vision and discernment.  The afternoon will focus on the new UCC Local Church profile and some of our growing insights and best practices for filling it out and using it as a tool for vision and discernment.  An introductory video will be available mid-summer that you will want to view before you attend this gathering.  Stay tuned for details. 

    Register Today!
  • November 1, 2017 (Wednesday) 
    Transition time sharpens the focus in the church on its openness to a diversity of candidates.  All three of our southern New England Conferences have begun using Racial Justice Trainings in our churches.  We want to offer a Racial Justice Training day just for interims so that you can become familiar with the insights and concepts and how they might help you in your interim ministry.  This program is limited to 20 people.  If there is enough interest, we will be offering it again in the winter. 

    Register Today!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Rev. Don Remick.


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.  

Continuing the Continuum of Interim Ministry

Introducing the New Local Church Profile

Thanks for the faithful service “in nurturing local church vitality and strengthening the covenant among our churches” in the MA Conference.
Task Force Members:
Winston Baldwin
Quentin Chin
David Fountain
Lee Ireland, Connecticut Conference
Vicky Keene
Skip Macaulay, Rhode Island Conference 
Susan Murtha, Connecticut Conference
Peggy O'Connor
Rand Peabody
Michael Penn-Strah
Don Remick, Staff to the Transitional Ministry Task Force
Mark Seifried
Jay Terbush, Connecticut Conference