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Interim Ministry Training

The Intentional Growth Center at Lake Junaluska is the pioneer in Transition-Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist (TIIMS) training.  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 United Methodist Pastors for this ministry.

An Interim Minister, sometimes called a TIIMS, is an experienced, mature, United Methodist pastor trained for specialized  ministry taking place during a set 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.

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 a six month span of mentoring work at the participant's appointment where 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: May 2 - 5, 2017 (Phase III is November 7 - 9, 2017)

Phase I: August 15 - 18, 2017 (Phase III is February 20 - 22, 2018)

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 of The Intentional Growth Center, 800-482-1442 or by email at

Program Fee: $995.00 per person for all three phases in 2017. Accomodations for residential phases are separate from program fees. Please note: housing registrations are the responsibility of the participant. 

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