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When you are looking for an interim pastor who has gone the extra mile, look for those experienced men and women who have earned the PTS professional designation from the Interim Ministry Network. They have earned the right to claim a superior preparation for the very precise tasks of managing transitions at the senior pastor level. PTS members have basic interim training, advanced education, demonstrated experience and a commitment to current knowledge. Proof of their accomplishments has been submitted to Interim Ministry Network. Applicants warrant their personal record. In the profession of interim ministry, there are no higher standards. IMN maintains a free-access directory of all current PTS members available for interim assignments, coaching and consulting.
PTS members have recently completed basic education in the specialty of interim ministry. Academic course work taught by experienced interim practitioners includes these subjects:
- The Congregation as an Emotional System
- The Development Tasks of an Interim Congregation
- The Process Tasks of an Administrator during Transitions
- Interim Ministry Core Competencies
- Designing a Self-Care Plan
- Competent Congregational Analysis
- The Nature and Resolution of Conflict
Successfully completing basic education requires academic and experience-based learning plus supervised field work.
The completion of field work, academic courses or assigned projects beyond basic education is required for PTS recognition. In some cases, candidates document expertise in a sub-specialty. IMN specialists evaluate the educational resumes to assure consistent quality.
|Before candidates are qualified for the PTS designation they must establish and warrant proof of at least two years of experience in transitional situations. They submit a letter of good standing from their denomination. They document their experience. They verify in writing guidance from a qualified mentor during the first year of their interim ministry. Finally, they officially warrant their resume.
Holders of the IMN designation are required to demonstrate their continued attainment of up-to-date knowledge in order to renew their designation. An additional educational resume is submitted for evaluation every three years.