The Interim Ministry Association of the ELCA
Welcome to Interim Ministry!
Welcome to the website of the Interim Ministry Association of the ELCA.
The Interim Period
, for a congregation, is the time between two regularly-called pastors.
An Interim Pastor serves the congregation during the Interim Period.
An Intentional Interim Pastor is an Interim Pastor who has received specialized training in the best use of the Interim Period for the benefit of the congregation.
The Interim Ministry Association of the ELCA is a voluntary association of ELCA Interim Pastors and other rostered leaders who are committed to fostering the practice of Intentional Interim Ministry. As an organization, IMA-ELCA seeks to improve all types of Interim Ministry within the ELCA, by promoting the best practices of Interim Ministry and providing education and training for Intentional Interim Pastors.
For a brief introduction to the current understanding of interim ministry, please go to the Introduction.
Frequently Asked QuestionsFAQs for Congregations
answers many questions of lay persons including congregational leaders.FAQs for Pastors
answers questions that pastors often ask.FAQs about Intentional Interim Ministry
answers many of the general questions about intentional
interim ministry.FAQs for Synod Staff
answers many of the questions often asked by synod staff.The Role of the Interim Ministry Association-ELCA.
The Interim Ministry Association of the ELCA (IMA-ELCA) serves as the voice of interim ministry within the ELCA. IMA-ELCA maintains this website in order to support interim ministry. It relates to the ELCA through the Vocation and Education Unit of the ELCA. If your questions are not answered by this website, please feel free to contact the Interim Ministry Association at firstname.lastname@example.org