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Interim Ministry

An interim minister is necessary when a sitting pastor must leave his or her congregation before a permanent replacement can be appointed. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including an unexpected health crisis or early retirement by the current pastor. Such circumstances usually lead to a period of disruption for a congregation, and a good interim pastor can help the church move forward and successfully continue its mission.

Ecclesiastical recognition as a Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist (TIIMS) is available through the United Methodist Endorsing Agency (UMEA) upon approval by the Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialists Association (TIIMSA). Prior to approval, prospects are required to attend a 92-hour training seminar conducted by TIIMSA and complete other requirements. Information about training and certification is available at

Once your training is complete and you have fulfilled all program requirements, click here to apply for approval by the TIIMSA committee.

UMEA also maintains a roster of TIIMSA-approved clergy for specialized interim appointments. Bishops and district superintendents looking for the name of a trained interim specialist in your area may contact UMEA at

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