As a pastor, psychologist, and trained intentional interim minister, Robert Voyle takes a bit of a prophetic stance as he advocates for an increased number of trained intentional interims to serve churches and a larger number of churches to seek intentional interims during clergy transitions. Voyle explains his position and tells his fellow interims that they must continue “to deliver the goods” while also continuing to seek personal and professional training opportunities to keep growing and improving their skills. Voyle further suggests that interims find conversation partners for the “nuts and bolts of what we are doing on a daily basis”: “We need a place where we can come with confidence to talk and feel about the things that make us feel less than confident.” This brief article is provocative and challenging. It is appropriate for all clergy that serve as interim ministers-intentional or otherwise.
Reviewed by Janet Hoover