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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 http://www.ucc.org/ministers_profile
  • 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 goodmanm@macucc.org

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



Spring Interim Gathering 2020

Details coming Soon!


For upcoming Interim Ministry Network's Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry 2019 Trainings, please visit:

Interim Ministry Network

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
Stan Duncan
Sue Remick
Ellie Richardson, Staff to the Transitional Ministry Task Force
Mark Seifried
Carol Steinbrecher 
Jean Vandergrift