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Outline for Intentional Interim Ministry in the Church

First Few Weeks – A time of getting acquainted

Selection of a Transition Team (T Team):

This group of ten to twelve people will be elected by the church.

Six to eight weeks into the process, there will be two Sundays for the church members to complete a ballot indicating the names of three to five people from the church that they would trust to lead the church through the phases of the Intentional Interim process. The Intentional Interim Pastor, the Church Moderator, and one other person will supervise the selection process. The T Team should be representative of the church as a whole and should include men and women, plus people from each age area.

They will work closely with the Intentional Interim Pastor, who serves as a “coach” for Transition Team work. Transition Team members will be expected to be at all T Team meetings and will have responsibilities throughout the transition period. The group will meet at least once a month, sometimes more often.

The Transition Team will seek to involve the church at large as they lead the congregation through the Five Focus Points of Intentional Interim Ministry.

The Five Focus Points of Intentional Interim Ministry are:

  • Heritage – Appreciate and celebrate what has shaped and formed the church through the years.
  • Mission – Redefine purpose, direction, distinctives, core values, mission statement, vision statement, and ministry plans
  • Leadership – Review lay leadership and professional staffing needs. Consider the church governing documents and how decisions are made.
  • Connections – Consider relationships with organizations outside the church including denominational life and how the church relates to other ministries.
  • Future – Commitment to the future based on the recommendations and a summary of the work accomplished.
  • A pastor search team/committee is formed by the church at a point in the process when there is consensus among T Team members and the Intentional Interim Pastor that the church is ready to proceed.

    Regular reports of the work being done by the Transition Team will be provided to the church.

    Presented to the Church Council by Dr. David Everly, Intentional Interim Pastor - July 16, 2013