Temporary Shepherds: A Congregational Handbook for Interim Ministry

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Roger S. Nicholson
Rowman & Littlefield, Sep 1, 1998 - Religion - 205 pages
Effective interim ministry depends on strong partnership between the interim minster and congregation. Lay leaders of congregations preparing for such a transition will value the expert guidance provided by over a dozen experienced interim pastors. What is interim ministry all about? What needs to happen during the interim? What should leaders and members expect from the interim pastor and themselves during this transition? What other resources are available for congregations?
 

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Contents

The Challenge of the Interim Time
3
Characteristics of the Interim Congregation
14
The Church in Transition as a Human System
26
Understanding Conflict and Power
39
The Interim Minister A Special Calling
52
The Interim Journey
63
Coming to Terms with History
65
Discovering a New Identity
75
The Transitional Steering Team
143
Bible Studies for the Journey
146
Engaging the Developmental Tasks
165
Resources for Congregational SelfStudy and Planning
174
What Is the Interim Ministry Network?
176
Developing an Interim Ministry Covenant or Contract
177
Why Should the Interim Pastor Not Be a Candidate for the Permanent Call?
180
Litanies of Welcome and Farewell to the Interim Pastor
182

Leadership Changes during an Interim
87
Renewing Denominational Linkages
99
Commitment to New Directions in Ministry
108
Framing the Journey
119
The Biblical and Theological Basis for Interim Ministry
121
Ethical Dimensions of the Interim Time
131
Tools for the Journey
141
Form for the Evaluation of the Interim Pastor
184
Form for the Evaluation of the Interim Process
188
NOTES
192
BIBLIOGRAPHY
197
CONTRIBUTORS
203
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About the author (1998)

Roger S. Nicholoson is a retired United Church of Christ minister who has served the Connecticut Conference of the UCC as an intentional interim pastor and minister-at-large. He served as a senior pastor at South Congregational Church in East Hartford, Connecticut, for 22 years. He is an active member of the Interim Ministry Network and a member of its faculty.

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