Interim ministry is primarily one of Word and Sacrament, but following the resignation or retirement of a congregation’s pastor, the interim pastor can assist the congregation with the transition.
Every congregation has the opportunity during the interim period to reflect upon the congregation's mission and ministry. A time of saying "farewell" leads to the opportunity for a fresh start. A congregation must be ready to welcome and trust a new leader.
Interim ministry is especially meaningful following an extended pastorate or the resolution of recent or long-term conflicts. This ministry is usually done by a person who has received special interim ministry training.
Please note: The Bishop must approve all interim ministry assignments within the Rocky Mountain Synod. Please contact the synod office with requests.
View documents that have information regarding interim ministry that can assist pastors and congregations with the process. The Interim Ministry Resources includes the following:
Letter of Agreement Form A
Letter of Agreement Form B
Litany of Welcome
Developmental Tasks for the Interim Period
Interim Pastor’s Report
Litany of Farewell
Interim Pastor’s Exit Report
Evaluation of Completed Term of Interim Ministry