The October "My View" (page 53) raised questions about the ELCA call process-and, to me, about how intentional interim ministry is viewed. An interim period is a rich time for the developmental work that needs to be accomplished in a congregation if the next called long-term pastor is to avoid membership in the all-too-frequently crowded arena of "unintentional interim pastors."
Research by the Alban Institute, a resource for congregations, and its president emeritus, Loren B. Mead, reveals the high cost of filling the departing pastor's chair before it has cooled. In fact, congregational leaders may even realize the need for a new kind of pastor's chair.
|Svingen is serving as interim pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Ankeny, Iowa.|
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