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Interim Ministry Training

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 15 years IGC has conducted more than 80 training seminars, preparing nearly 700-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.

2016 Interim Ministry Brochure (.pdf)

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-month 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.

5.0 CEU credits are given for the completion of all three phases.

Lake Junaluska, NC (Online registration):

Phase I   April 26 - 29, 2016 (Phase III October 25 - 27, 2016)

Phase I   August 30 - September 2, 2016 (Phase III February, 2017)

UPPER NEW YORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE (Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center):

Phase I: November 11 - 13, 2015 (Phase III: April 11 - 13, 2016)

A seminar in your area:

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

Program Fee: $975.00 per person for all three phases in 2016. Accomodations for residential phases are in addition to program fee. 

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