How do Intentional Interim Pastors differ from other Interim Pastors?
Intentional Interim Pastors have received specialized training (described below) in assisting congregations during the interim period.
Where do I obtain the specialized training for intentional interim ministry? Two organizations — NALIP and IMN — provide most of the specialized training for ELCA Intentional Interim Pastors.
NALIP (National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors) One organization providing specifically Lutheran training is the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors (NALIP), a Lutheran group which is jointly sponsored by IMA-ELCA and its Missouri Synod counterpart, the Interim Ministry Conference-LCMS. The actual training consists of two one-week sessions offered at several different locations throughout the country. NALIP also offers a one-day Discernment seminar for those pastors who are considering intentional interim ministry. For the NALIP website, go to www.nalip.net
IMN (Interim Ministry Network) The other major organization providing interim training is the Interim Ministry Network, an ecumenical group with headquarters in Baltimore, MD. IMN sponsors training courses in various locations around the country. The format consists of a 3-day Introduction to Interim Ministry, followed later by a one-week course that goes into more detail. IMN does not offer one-day discernment seminars, to the best of our knowledge. For the IMN website, go to www.imnedu.org
What are the advantages of Intentional Interim Ministry as a specialized ministry?
What are the disadvantages of Intentional Interim Ministry?
What steps should I take if I feel called to Intentional Interim Ministry?
The first step is to take the interim training or a discernment course to find out more about interim ministry. Depending on your situation, you may want to contact your synod to see what opportunities might be available within your synod for Intentional Interim Ministry.
If cost is an obstacle, the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors has a few scholarships each year to help with the cost of basic training for interim ministry. Check the NALIP website for more information and applications.
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