Intentional Interim Phases
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Placement on the referral list for the Intentional Interim Ministry (IIM) of the BGCT requires the completion of two major sections of training. These training sections consist of:
1. Introduction to Interim Ministry
This 2-day training helps the minister in a traditional interim setting do more than simply supply the pulpit. It is designed to help an interim pastor assist a church with common issues that impact the search for its next pastor. Among the many items addressed are five process tasks of an interim pastor. They are:
Joining the church’s system quickly and effectively
Analyzing a congregation’s system and situation
Reconnecting a church to denominational relationships and resources
Examining one’s own gifts and how they should be used in the interim setting
Exiting the interim in a helpful and healthy way
While this training stands alone to help those who will be serving churches in traditional interim situations, it also serves as a prerequisite for acceptance into the IIM training. Lifeway’s Transitional Pastor also meets the prerequisite training requirement for IIM training.
2. IIM Residential Lab and Field Work
Residential Lab: The five day residential lab blends lectures, guidebook work, small group interaction, large group presentations, roll play, readings, films, personal inventories, and group projects to teach the basics of IIM. Each student will leave with the knowledge necessary for guiding a church through an in-depth self-study. The IIM student will examine:
The dynamics of selecting, training, and coaching a Transition Team. This team leads the church through the interim self-study, assisted by the IIM pastor.
The five “Focus Points” in which a congregation must be thoroughly engaged before they begin the pastor search. The Focus Points are:
1. Heritage—examining a church’s history, for instance, coming to terms with why the last pastor(s) left.
2. Leadership—a careful examination of staff positions, job descriptions, policies and procedures, bylaws, and lay leadership. Common issues addressed often include the recruiting and training of new leaders and seeking ways to involve more members in decision making so as to create a true consensus as the church moves forward.
3. Connections—Baptist theology, financial support of other ministries, partnerships in ministry and missions—most church members are disconnected to these important areas of a church’s life. The interim period is a key time for reconnecting the church to Baptist life, unifying the church around these concepts, and making sure the Pastor Search Committee finds an appropriate candidate for the church.
4. Mission—a church should have a call from God that belongs to the whole church. Too often the church depends upon the pastor to create the mission and to enlist workers, while the church ignores the mission because they have not heard the same call. The IIM period will guide a church in finding their God-given purpose and to express it with broad generalities and specific short-term actions.
5. Future—the first three Focus Points help a church answer, “Who are we?” The fourth task answers: “Who are we supposed to be?” This last task prepares a church for the calling of a pastor by developing a Pastor’s (desired) profile and a church profile, to complete the question: “How are we going to get there?”
Field Education: At the end of the five-day residential lab, each student is placed in a peer group. The group will continue to meet together for five months via telephone conferences. Each group member will present the group with a draft of a design for completing a self-study in one focus point with a church. The team will critique the design, and then the group member will practice leading one aspect of the design in a real church setting.
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