The Intentional Growth Center at Lake Junaluska is the pioneer in Transition-Intentional Interim Ministry Training which continues to offer the training at its finest. IGC is recognized by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry as a TIIMS provider. In the past 10 years IGC has conducted more than 45 training seminars, preparing nearly 500-plus United Methodist Pastors for this ministry.
An Interim Minister, sometimes called a TIIMS, a Transitional-Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist, is an experienced, mature, United Methodist pastor trained for the specialized ministry of the interim time. He/she is appointed by the bishop "for a specific length of time, established in advance" to lead the congregation in a time of healing and renewal as its wounds heal and it prepares for a new day in its life with a new pastor, yet to be appointed.
Each Seminar is a three-phase event:
Phase I is a 4-day residential event lifting up the concept of Interim Ministry and introducing tools and techniques designed for the purpose.
Phase II is six-months time of mentoring work back home in the participant's appointment when these tools and techniques are experienced and case studies written.
Phase III is a 3-day residential time of reviewing and sharing case studies as a means of deepening the learnings, with limited introduction of new material.
The cost of this training is $900.00 per person for all three phases in 2013. Accommodations for residential phases are in addition to program fee. 5.0 CEU credits are given with the successful completion of Phase III.
The Intentional Growth Center offers Seminars across the Church. To develop a Seminar in your home area contact: Dr. Larry Ousley, Director, The Intentional Growth Center, 800-482-1442 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.