Old Way vs. New Way

Old Way vs. New Way of Thinking During Interim/ Transitional Times

HELP! Our Pastor is leaving! Now what do we do? Is there someone our church can contact? Who will serve us now?

The Interim Ministry program’s goals are:
First, to come to terms with significant shifts in thinking concerning the in-between times during a pastoral vacancy. To reorient thinking to see this transition time as a time of positive growth and purpose.

Second, to offer interim ministry resources and support to congregations, pastors and synods.

Third, to introduce ELCA clergy and ELCA congregations to the interim specialist pastor, “called” and trained to serve churches full-time during the in-between times.

Old way of thinking — New way of thinking:

  • Old — Our churches used to think: “This is a great time to save money.”
  • New — Our church now believes interim ministry: “It’s a time to invest wisely utilizing an Interim specialist to assist the congregation to bridge between pastors.”
  • Old — Our churches used to think: “It’s a time for coasting, for maintaining, holding on.”
  • New — Our church now believes interim ministry: “It’s a time to work creatively, purposefully and differently, examining the history of the past and imagining the future that God intends for us.”
  • Old — Our churches used to think: “It’s a time when anybody can cover the ministry needed during the vacancy.”
  • New — Our church now believes interim ministry: “It’s a time to equip and train the laity in order to respond to needs of the congregation and prepare for the future.”