Welcome to Interim Ministry!

Welcome to the website of the Interim Ministry Association of the ELCA.

    • The Interim Period, for a congregation, is the time between two regularly-called pastors.
    • An Interim Pastor serves the congregation during the Interim Period.
    • An Intentional Interim Pastor is an Interim Pastor who has received specialized training in the best use of the Interim Period for the benefit of the congregation.
    • The Interim Ministry Association of the ELCA is a voluntary association of ELCA Interim Pastors and other rostered leaders who are committed to fostering the practice of Intentional Interim Ministry. As an organization, IMA-ELCA seeks to improve all types of Interim Ministry within the ELCA, by promoting the best practices of Interim Ministry and encouraging education and training for Intentional Interim Pastors.