Intentional Interim Ministry (IIM) Purpose

"The only persons, by God's grace, who can make fundamental change in a system are the people involved in the emotional process themselves."

     Intentional Interim Ministry (“IIM”) is provided for the unique time between pastors both to repair from past experience and to prepare for the future.  IIM includes perspectives that are derived from systems thinking. The key concept is that, from a functional viewpoint, the Congregation is an emotional system composed of defining interpersonal relationships. All behaviors within that system are mutually influenced and co-causal.
     The only persons, by God's grace, who can make fundamental change in a system are the people involved in the emotional process themselves. Although the Intentional Interim Pastor has adaptive leadership skills, tools, and techniques to encourage it, the change that needs to happen comes by God’s grace to the Congregation from the inside out – not from the outside in.
     In addition to serving as a solid Word and Sacrament servant, the unique role of the Intentional Interim Pastor includes helping a Congregation move from a focus on weakness to that of strength, from symptom to system change, from anxiety to clarity, from being “stuck” to new adaptations as they prepare for the future God calls them into and for working as a team with their next settled pastor.
 
(Palisades Lutheran Church IIM Process Map)
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