Temporary Shepherds: A Congregational Handbook for Interim Ministry

(Roger S. Nicholson). Rowman & Littlefield, 1998.

Effective interim ministry depends on strong partnership between the interim minister and the congregation. The many aspects of intentional interim ministry are covered in this book by experienced interim pastors: What is interim ministry all about? What needs to happen during the interim? What should leaders and members expect from the interim pastor and themselves during this transition? It walks the reader through the interim period, calling attention to the need for careful consideration during this time in a congregation's life. Questions for reflection and discussion are interspersed throughout, and a set of tools (inventories, exercises, resources, and forms) is also included. This is a valuable resource for congregations experiencing a change of pastors.