Intentional Interim Ministry

October 29, 2018 - November 2, 2018
Offered by Luther Seminary
St. PaulMN

Intentional Interim Ministry

Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2018

Interim Ministry

The NALIP Basic Education curriculum is designed for clergy and lay professionals to introduce participants to the practice of intentional interim ministry. Although focusing on Lutheran theology and polity, the event is open to all lay leaders and clergy desiring or called to this special ministry in congregations during a pastoral transition.

This course is designed in three phases (Planting, Cultivating and Harvesting), covering a period of about six months.

Phase I (Planting) is a residential week focusing on the theory, theology, leadership skills and congregational systems related to intentional interim ministry. We examine the interim journey through scenarios (propositional learning) including the dynamics of entry, pre-entry, stages and tasks of the congregation, emotional systems, conflict, grief, power structures, and leadership skills necessary to lead the congregation, and exiting/closure issues.

Phase II (Cultivating) is a six month experience in a parish or institutional setting, ideally in a leadership transition, in which the participant in this program “puts into practice” the material learned in Phase I. During this time, you will learn contracting (covenanting), work on personal learning goals, and write two critical incident reports, all under the supervisor of your chosen fieldwork supervisor.

Phase III (Harvesting) is the second residential week at Mt. Olivet Retreat Center in Farmington, Minn.,  (May 13-17, 2019) in which through a group process you will share one of your critical incident reports, review material learned in Phase I, and learn more about the dynamics of congregations in pastoral transition, and your leadership skills and needs. You will also discuss the biblical and theological connections in this special ministry as specifically related to the Lutheran church.

For a full description of the three-phase intentional interim training course, visit

Maximum Enrollment: 25

Tuition: $1245

Contact Hours: 60

Class Times:

Begins 1 p.m. Oct. 29; ends noon Nov. 2; evening sessions until 8:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 8:30 a.m. class start time Tuesday-Friday.

Seminar Leaders:

  • Paul N. Svingen, ELCA interim consultant and educator, has served as intentional interim pastor in the Minneapolis Area Synod and the Rocky Mountain Synod of the ELCA. He has more than 20 years of experience as a trainer of interim pastors.
  • Tim Drom, ELCA pastor, served as intentional interim pastor in the Pacifica Synod and the Rocky Mountain Synod of the ELCA.
  • Susan Baldwin, Licensed Insights Practitioner; President, PineStone Pathways LLC

Cancellations initiated by the registrant prior to the event due date will result in a NALIP nonrefundable fee of $200 for completed Insights profiles. In the event of a cancellation by the registrant or NALIP, the results of completed Insights profiles will be sent to the registrant with the offer of consulting with the Insights counselor.

Tuition $1,045 + $200 for Insight Fee

Registration Information

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