Intentional Interim Ministry

Intentional Interim Ministers are experienced clergy trained for specialized ministry and appointed for a specified period of time. The United Methodist Book of Discipline, in paragraphs 331.7c and 338.2e, 338.3, proposes several appointive possibilities, including:  

  • Appointments made mid-year
  • Appointments to less than full-time service
  • Appointments across conference boundary lines
  • Appointments made for a specified time period
  • Appointments made for less than one year

IIMS are recommended to this ministry by their District Superintendents and trained in accordance with the standards set by TIIMSA, the Transitional/Intentional Interim Ministers Association of the United Methodist Church. Trained IIMS provide after-care ministry to churches in the event the death, disability or misconduct of a pastor. IIMS assist churches working through conflict or toward revitalization. IIMS also support clergy colleagues by maintaining church ministry while the pastor is on short term sabbatical leave.


For more information on the Intentional Interim Minister program please contact Rev. Marti Soper.

Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialists Association

of The United Methodist Church

A great resource for all Intentional Interim Ministers is the official website for the Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialists Association of The United Methodist Church at http://tiimsa.org.

Once a year, IIMs and interested folks gather for inspiration, education and fellowship. The Tenth Annual 2017 TIIMSA Gathering is May 2-4, 2017, at the Iowa Conference Center of the UMC in Des Moines, Iowa. The Keynote Speaker this year is Dr. Larry L. Foster, an expert in family systems theory, speaking on “Meeting Bowen and Friedman Again for the First Time: the Perpetual Task of Self Differentiation.” 


Registration Form available at http://tiimsa.org/2017-gathering/.