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.