The Interim Pastor's Manual

by Alan G. Gripe. Geneva Press, 1997.

This manual is grounded in the practice of interim ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) but its clear discussion of the interim process will be useful to many others. Of particular help is Gripe's discussion of the five tasks of the interim pastor—joining the system, analyzing the organization as a system, connecting with the denomination, focusing and assuming responsibility, and exiting and evaluating—and of the five tasks of the congregation in transition—coming to terms with history, discovering a new identity, allowing and empowering new leaders, renewing denominational linkages, and committing to new leadership and a new future.