The period between ministers can be very disconcerting to a congregation.
Even under the best circumstances, the pastor’s leaving can bring dismay, surprise, confusion, and uncertainty. When a pastor leaves, members ask questions about themselves, about the church, and about the future. Asking questions during the Interim period is natural and normal. In fact, it can be advantageous. Often, the most common impulse of churches is to rush out and get another pastor - ASAP. The research on such a reactionary move indicates that it’s risky business – tending to lead to shorter pastorates with more conflict.
When a change in pastors comes, the congregation needs time to adjust. This means grieving the loss and moving on. It also means getting ready for a new person. The interim period is a critical time in the life of a church, dramatically influencing the next phase of congregational life and ministry.
Pinnacle provides Interim Consulting which helps the congregation move through the stages and developmental tasks inherent in the Interim Transition. When done well, these congregations are ready to move forward in ministry with their new pastoral leadership when the time arrives. More and more churches are now calling Intentional Interim pastors to help guide them through the transition period. For some congregations, this is an excellent way to move ahead. Other congregations call an Interim Pastor and an Interim Consultant. The interim pastor leads worship, provides pastoral care, and is a ministerial presence in the church. The interim consultant, who Pinnacle provides, helps the congregation move through the steps of the transition. We are available to consult with you on your needs during the pastoral transition time. Our consultants are well-trained, with experience in interim consulting. We will listen to you and learn about your transition needs. We will interview your leadership team. Then we can propose an interim consulting process that will help your congregation move forward. Simply call us to explore further.