IMN 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.

Next offerings are now available:

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM Eastern

The After Pastor: Following Sexual Misconduct
Karl F. Fickling

There is so much baggage on a new pastor who follows a pastor who left due to immoral behavior, that the literature has given the new pastor a special name: The After Pastor. This workshop would give direction on how the interim pastor can tackle the situation, and in effect, become the After Pastor. This would spare the next installed pastor from most of the fallout and consequences that the subsequent pastor normally must endure. Without addressing what has happened to cause the previous pastor’s departure, the subsequent installed pastors often find themselves to be “unintentional interims.” They eventually help their churches through the crises, and they make a difference, but then they find they need to leave after only a short tenure. While we will name the various forms of breaking trust within congregations, the major focus of the workshop will be on the reparation steps one can, and must take, in any circumstance of major pastoral misconduct.

Karl F. Fickling 

Interim Church Services for Texas Baptists (the Baptist General Convention of Texas). He celebrated his tenth full-time year in this position in January, but he served part time for a decade before that. Much of this time, he was teaching interim ministry as a faculty member of the Center for Congregational Health. He has partnered with New England Baptist, to train interim pastors, for over 10 years, and this year began a new partnership to provide interim training for the Baptist General Association of Virginia. He also serves as an adjunct faculty on the faculties of Dallas Baptist University and B. H. Carroll Theological Seminary.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 1:00 PM Eastern

Well-Being in Ministry
John Stonesifer

This conversation is a session on clergy well-being.  In addition to presenting insights from John’s doctoral work in this area, he will lead a dialogue on well-being focusing on the areas of: heart, soul, strength and mind.

The Rev. Dr. John DeWitt Stonesifer is an Episcopal priest with 35 years in ordained ministry. His focus the last twenty years has been on interim ministry, leading him to serve in parish, life-care community and school settings.  He is currently serving in his 22nd interim position. John is a graduate of Clemson University (B.A.) and the Virginia Theological Seminary (M. Div.). Post-graduate work has included studies in marketing and church management at the Theological College of the Bahamas (M.B.A.), Appreciative Inquiry with Clergy Leadership Institute and Mediation Training with the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, and credentials as a life and business coach. John earned his Doctorate in Ministry (D.Min) from Louisille Presbyterian Theological Seminary for his work on interim leadership.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm Eastern

Having the Answers
Pegi Ridout

Anxious systems look to leaders to solve their problems and give them the definitive answers. The pressure can be intense and stressful. Leaders, for their part, can be tempted by the admiration that comes from being the problem-solver and solution-bearer. However, succumbing to that temptation fosters dependency, sets the leader up for failure, and permits the faith community to not take responsibility for itself.

Instead of providing answers, a wise and well self-differentiated leader will shift the system by asking good questions. What makes good questions? How do we develop them in a tense environment? How does a leader withstand the pressure of providing solutions?

With that introduction, it wouldn’t be right to say, “Join this virtual café for the answers.” So, let’s explore these questions together!

Pegi Ridout has been an Intentional Interim Minister in six congregations and at a retreat centre. She is a member of the IMN Faculty, a Professional Transitional Specialist, a consultant in intentional interim ministry and with Credence & Co., and a conflict mediator. In 40 years of ordained ministry, she has served churches of all sizes in Southern Ontario, Canada.


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These offerings are FREE to PAID IMN members. The first 15 members registering for each IMN Virtual Café are guaranteed a spot in the conversation. Others after the first 15, will be saved for future dates of the topic.  To register click on the topic below and add to cart. Complete the information on the shopping cart and SUBMIT.

Ellen Goudy will contact you in a separate email with the call accessing details.

The After Pastor: Following Sexual Misconduct

October 2, 2019 1:00 pm Eastern

Well-Being in Ministry

November 6, 2019 1:00 pm Eastern

Having the Answers

December 4, 2019 1:00 pm Eastern


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