Interim Ministry: Positive Change in Times of Transition

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Interim Ministry: Positive Change in a Time of Transition contains in-depth case studies of two short-term interim appointments. This work goes well beyond simply offering theories and methodologies on how to do interim ministry. Instead it details concrete examples of how the initial goals of the interim pastor may be implemented through programs, group interaction, pastoral care, sermons, and written communication. The first interim appointment followed the death of a beloved pastor after a two-year battle with...
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Overview

Interim Ministry: Positive Change in a Time of Transition contains in-depth case studies of two short-term interim appointments. This work goes well beyond simply offering theories and methodologies on how to do interim ministry. Instead it details concrete examples of how the initial goals of the interim pastor may be implemented through programs, group interaction, pastoral care, sermons, and written communication. The first interim appointment followed the death of a beloved pastor after a two-year battle with cancer. The second interim began in the midst of a church meltdown following an appointment change of senior pastor. Both interim appointments began in a time of crisis-the first marked by deep grief and the second saturated with disillusionment and even some despair. In spite of the initial environments of high anxiety and discouragement, both churches were able to regain a sense of hope and redefine or reclaim their church identity. Indeed both churches experienced real positive change in the midst of very difficult circumstances. This book was written to be a catalyst for professional reflection and to serve as a model for being a transformational agent for churches in need of a more hopeful and fruitful future.
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What People Are Saying

Susan Carter
Many congregations experience life-threatening events. Some survive but few thrive after a crisis. The two congregations profiled here are thriving now because a skilled Intentional Interim Minister gently led them out of crisis and into a new future—one with hope! The process detailed on these pages may serve as a guide to other interim pastors and the results achieved are a beacon of hope to struggling congregations everywhere. - The Rev. Suzan Carter, D. Min., Director of Intentional Interim Ministry, Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church/ TIIMSA (Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialists) Chair-elect
Rev. Dr. James Ozier
This is one of those rare books that wades into sensitive circumstances without exploiting them. The result is a great resource for the expanding field of interim ministry. When you read it, you walk along side a gifted practitioner and pastor as he navigated the perilous waters of change and trauma through the specific role of an intentional interim leader. - The Rev. Dr. James Ozier, Director of the Center for New Church Development and Congregational Transformation, North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781479335954
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 10/21/2012
  • Pages: 126
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Tull is a retired United Methodist minister who has been trained as an intentional interim ministry specialist and has served two critical interim appointments. He has recently authored a book entitled: Interim Ministry: Positive Change in Times of Transition, which contains detailed case studies of these two interim experiences. The book is now available through Amazon.com. For a complete description of the book and link to Amazon, go to his website at justintull.com.
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  • Posted April 15, 2013

    Dr. Tull's book is practical and smart read for all pastors, not

    Dr. Tull's book is practical and smart read for all pastors, not just those entering interim ministry. I have read many books on ministry but very few that also share how to do ministry. For example countless books suggest that the new or interim pastor "set goals" but then never go on to share what goals the authors themselves have made for their congregations. This book does both. The author gives wisdom learned through experience and shares details of the experiences that can be gleaned and applied to any ministry setting- excerpts from letters, sermons, etc. Nothing is permanent... so it would serve all pastors to gather and implement the best practices from the techniques and strategies Dr. Tull learned and offers in Interim Ministry. You and your ministry setting will be blessed by the book and the strategy outlined in Interim Ministry.

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