Local Church Resources

Interim Ministries-ABC is a resource for your congregation during times when you are without a pastor.

The selection of an intentional interim minister is one of the more significant decisions a church makes.  While you have the option of employing a series of supply pastors to preach and handle some pastoral functions, an intentional interim minister will assist you in accomplishing tasks that can strengthen your church.

We urge you to draw on the programs and resources of Interim Ministries-ABC.  We work collaboratively with state and regional staff and keep them informed of our latest policies and resources.  Please explore the resources provided on this site.  When you are ready to request an interim minister, be sure to contact your regional staff:


Types of Interim Ministers

You may request a Minister-at-Large, and Appointed Interim Pastor or an Interim Ministry Specialist.

A Ministers-at-Large usually resides in a furnished parsonage or apartment in your church community, works 4 1/2 days a week and fulfills the normal function of a pastor, giving specific attention to interim issues your will face.  Ministers-at-Large are experienced retired pastors.  Your may be given the option of a pre-retirement Appointed Interim Pastor who would serve under the same terms as an MAL. 

Like a Minister-at-Large, an Interim Ministry Specialist also resides in the church community and works 4 1/2 days a week.  However, in addition to normal pastoral functions, the Interim Ministry Specialist guides a congregation in dealing proactively with serious conflict, egregious behavior or broken trust prior to calling the next pastor. Specialists are certified by the Interim Ministry Network. Interim Ministry Specialists may be retired or non-retired.

Read more about the work your church can accomplish between pastors in:

The Tasks of a Church During Interim Times.

Procedures and Guides

The following resources help church leaders understand the procedures for working

with an intentional interim minister.

Forming an Agreement with the Interim Minister

Sample Interim Minister Agreement

For the Local Contact Person

For the Church Treasurer

For the person Responsible of Housing

Evaluation Form

Ethical Conduct Codes and Guides

Our ministry is committed to ensuring that intentional interim ministers practice

ethical principles and abide by the Covenant and Code of Ethics for professional

church leaders of the American Baptist Churches in the USA.  The following

resources will assist you in understanding the expectations for interim ministers.  

Codes of Conduct: (1) ABC Ministers Council and (2) Interim Ministries-ABC

Self Disclosure

Twenty Aspects of Ethical Concern for Interim Ministers

Policy on Interim Ministers Becoming Installed Pastor of the Church

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