JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—An event designed to train persons as interim pastors to help congregations during a critical period in the church’s life will be offered in two regions in November.
The “Interim Pastor” training is set for Nov. 14 at Community Christian Fellowship in Arcadia. A second training will be held Nov. 21 at Harmony Baptist Association in Trenton.
Many churches need a qualified and trained interim pastor to guide them in a transitional time, said Lewis Miller, strategist in the Florida Baptist Convention’s Congregational Support Ministries Team, which sponsors the training.
“If both the church and interim understand how this interim process is to function, the church can make great strides during this period and be prepared to receive the new full-time pastor when he arrives on the field.”
This Cooperative Program-supported training is not for everyone, Miller cautioned, but designed to “train and enable legacy pastors who have the experience, energy and expertise to aid the local church in a very crucial time in the life of the church.”
Interim pastors should not be serving currently in a fulltime role, but have “years of pastoral experience, a proven track record and a willingness to give several days a week or full-time service to this type of ministry,” Miller said.
The training is designed to assist congregations following a long-tenured pastor, congregations desiring to gain clarity toward increased health or congregations that have recently come through a difficult leadership transition.
In the past, this training cost $400 per person for room and board. Miller said by offering the training regionally, the event can be provided at a cost of $25 per person, including a lunch, materials and resources.
The conference begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. (EST).
Registration deadline for the training in Arcadia is Nov. 7; registration deadline for the training in Trenton is Nov. 14. For more information and registration assistance, contact the Congregational Support Ministries Team at 800-226-8584, ext. 3072, or 904-596-3072.
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