Intentional Interim Ministers are experienced clergy trained for specialized ministry and appointed for a specified period of time. The United Methodist Book of Discipline, in paragraphs 331.7c and 338.2e, 338.3, proposes several appointive possibilities, including:
- Appointments made mid-year
- Appointments to less than full-time service
- Appointments across conference boundary lines
- Appointments made for a specified time period
- Appointments made for less than one year
IIMS are recommended to this ministry by their District Superintendents and trained in accordance with the standards set by TIIMSA, the Transitional/Intentional Interim Ministers Association of the United Methodist Church. Trained IIMS provide after-care ministry to churches in the event the death, disability or misconduct of a pastor. IIMS assist churches working through conflict or toward revitalization. IIMS also support clergy colleagues by maintaining church ministry while the pastor is on short term sabbatical leave.
Texas Conference IIMS are part of TIIMSA, the national association on Interim Ministers within the United Methodist Church.
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Rev. Bonnie Osteen