All interim pastors are transitional pastors, but not all transitional pastors are interim pastors.
Individuals who are committed to intentional interim ministry often feel a professional obligation to keep their knowledge current. IMN offers continued support through its professional association membership program.
IMN – The Interim Ministry Network, Inc. is a 501(c)3 association.
Incorporated in the 1983. Registered as a charitable organization with the IRS and the state of Maryland.
The Circles of Involvement shows that participation is at the heart of IMN. IMN is situated in a world where individuals choose the level of involvement in the organization that is appropriate at any given time.
In the past IMN has functioned through the leadership of the Board and Executive Director with major work being done through various committees. These committees designed and planned the annual conference, oversaw our faulty and updated curriculum. Many of you were involved in this work.
The Board looked at various ways to extend IMN’s ministry while supporting the current membership. Some of the fruits of this process were Alan Mead’s work as the new Communications Minister and Case Study conversation groups facilitated by Michael Remson.
While excited about these new initiatives, the Board realized that the current structure did not provide the flexibility to support these new activities. After much prayer, reflection, and conversation the Board decided to move to a new way of operating which was announced at the 2015 Annual Conference.
Effective June 2015, each IMN committee and task force became part of a Team. There are four teams: Education, Annual Conference, Member Support, Partnerships and added in 2016 Continuing Education. Each Team is led by a Team Lead, who is not a Board Member. The Team Leads will be assisted by a Board Liaison, who is a Board Member.
The Team structure is intended to be fluid and flexible. One of the goals of this new plan is to have ways to bring more IMN members into leadership positions. We envision that in time more teams will be added. In addition, if any team has too much work, the responsibilities might be amended. In the future there may well be more teams or the categories may change—it all depends upon the needs of the membership. If you would like to be a member of a team contact Crystal@imnedu.org.
IMN Member Benefits
The membership fee provides access to the following programs:
IMN Website Member Directory. As part of the network active IMN members have access to the Membership directory. This directory allows members to display a personal profile. Name and email are required all other information is optional. This profile is only visible to IMN members, who are part of the Membership directory. IMN individual members include offices of judicatories, conference ministers or bishops. Click on the Button. Below to register for the IMN Directory.IMN E-Letter. A weekly internet email, presents IMN news and a concise direction of the big ideas and trends current in Transitional ministry. It often contains book reviews of the work of leading authors and the work of members and students. IMN Members are added to the mailing list upon joining. Guest can click on the join now button to receive advertisements and special notices from IMN.
IMN Annual Conference. IMN holds the major annual event focusing on interim/transitional issues. This three-day event generally offers three major plenary events and over 15 workshops plus networking opportunities and a chance to catch up with peers and friends. Active members receive discount tuition. Click here for more.
IMN Professional Transition Specialist. The leadership of the intentional interim ministry profession consists of individuals with years of practical experience, specific education and the discipline to maintain state-of-the-art knowledge of best principles and practices. Such highly-qualified people warrant their accomplishments through the Professional Transition Specialist (PTS) program. (additional yearly fees are required) The yearly fee also includes an optional PTS Member profile and Available Ministry Positions page. This profile is available to visitors of the IMN website. Click here to view.
Virtual Support Groups. As an interim, you may be in an area where you have access to local interim support groups – and others are in areas where they are isolated from colleagues. With the wonders of technology – specifically Zoom, IMN is planning to connect interim pastors, for exchange of ideas and encouragement. The support groups will be free to IMN members and are offered through the IMN Member Support Team. New groups are forming now. Click here to view.
Virtual Cafe. IMN is more than an interfaith association of transitional colleagues working with congregations during times of transition. IMN is a community of practice. Members have knowledge, expertise, stories, successes, and challenges to share about working effectively with congregations during times of transition. The IMN Member Support Team offers a new opportunity for IMN Members to be in community with one another.
The IMN Virtual Café is a monthly opportunity to share a conversation about a transitional topic. Open to settled clergy, interim clergy, lay leaders, transitional clergy, and judicatories. Using Zoom video conferencing, or your telephone, you will be in a topic-specific 90-minute conversation with your colleagues and a host with experience on that topic. The schedule of upcoming Cafe’s is now forming. Click here to view the Virtual Cafe web page for full schedule.
Join as a New Member or Renew your existing One Year Membership
By joining this unique group of inter-faith professional religious leaders, you open doors to a world where individuals share knowledge and learn from one other. Each member’s goal is to teach and guide congregations the transition process, so they are healthy and productive in their spiritual journey.