Interim ministry is primarily one of Word and Sacrament during the transition time following the resignation or retirement of a congregation’s pastor. The interim pastor plays a very significant role in the life of a congregation. When a pastor leaves a congregation, there are a number of termination emotions that must be dealt with if the congregation is to be healthy and prepared for the arrival of the new permanent pastor. The interim pastor is one who facilitates the expression of these emotions and brings leadership and stability to that situation. There are some ministry settings that require normal ministry between pastorates; other settings may need an interim specialist to help address specific needs.
Interim Ministry for Congregations
Beginning the Interim is step 2 in the call process for congregations.
- Synod staff helps congregation arrange for interim ministry.
- Church council helps keep congregation focused on its mission.
- Congregation continues its ministry.
Please click here to visit the call process webpage for interim forms and documents.
Interim Ministry for a Rostered Minister
If you are interested in becoming an interim pastor in the SW MN Synod, please contact a synod minister:
Rev. Dr. Kathryn Skoglund
Direct office phone: 507-627-9047
Rev. Stephen Cook
Direct office phone: 507-627-9046
SW MN Synod interims generally meet at the synod office on the first Thursday of every month at 9:30 a.m.
Forms and Documents
Interim Forms and Documents
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- Interim Ministry Resume
- Interim Pastor’s Quarterly Report
- Review of Interim Pastorate
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More documents for interim ministry during the call process can be found on the call process web page by clicking here.