IMN VIRTUAL CAFÉ
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.
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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.
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August 5, 2020 – 1:00 pm EST
LOOKING FOR AN INTERIM POSITION NOW
Lead by: Chris Hart
Looking for a new position is challenging in the best of times but transitioning to a new position in the midst of a global pandemic was not something taught in seminary! And yet many are finding they are called to do just that. Join us for a conversation of best practices, innovation, and practical resources all geared towards thriving in this extraordinary time.
Pastor Chris is a Poet, Storyteller, Process Theologian, Professional Transition Specialist, Revitalization Pastor, Paper Mache Artist and a Fusion of Science and Faith. He is an avid live streamer, and is authoring his own social media empire. He is committed to helping the church of today emerge into the twenty second century. He is dedicated to quality intentional Interim Ministry. Chris uses an empowering and adaptive leadership style to help communities of faith to grow, and change. He is passionate about worship that is fresh, creative, engaging, and participatory.
Pastor Chris serves on the Committee on Standing for the Northeast Association of Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ and on the education team of the Interim Ministry Network which is rewriting the training curriculum for Transitional Ministry. Additionally he is a member of the Clergy Development Ministry Council for the Southern New England Conference and the Disaster Resource & Response Team.
Pastor Chris has lived in Southern California, Washington State, Saint Louis, Pennsylvania, and currently resides in Massachusetts. His degrees focus on Sign Language Interpreting, Drug and Alcohol Counseling and Developmental Psychology. He earned his Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in 2008 and became a Transition Specialist in 2013.
October 7, 2020 – 1:00 pm EST
ENGAGING YOUR CONGREGATION: How to Generate Excitement and Ownership with Members During A Time of Crisis
Lead by: Dave Clements
This Virtual Café will discuss how the use of storytelling and personal success stories can help to create ownership and excitement. We will consider the role that creativity can play in designing and developing members support.
Ministry for me is a second career. My first career was spent doing the work of an organizational development consultant. My career allowed me to work in the areas of strategic planning, entrepreneurship and fundraising. My religious background growing up was mixed. My mother was Jewish and my father Catholic. I learned how to celebrate both holidays and found joy in doing so. Most of my adult life was spent building a career, raising 5 children as a single parent and just trying to make my mark on the world. I held several management and director positions in Human Resources, Sales and Fundraising. My life has been a series of journeys and with each journey I have developed and grown. I moved to the Cleveland Ohio area in the summer of 2008 to start a new life with my partner and a few years later started a consulting business. In September of 2013 I received my call to the Ministry. Once I made the decision things started to unfold for me. I enrolled at Meadville Lombard Theological School in the summer of 2014, completed a Chaplin’s residency in 2015 and spent 2016 and 2017 serving as the Minister Intern at the Kent UU church in Kent Ohio. In May of 2017 I graduated from Meadville. I was offered a position that summer as an Interim Minister for the Cape Town Unitarian Church in Cape Town South Africa. Living and serving as a Minister outside of my native country has been and continues to be a life changing experience. I have learned how to minister to a mixed multicultural and multiracial congregation. My time spent in South Africa was a life changing experience. I have learned that it is always in the quite moments of our lives when the Holy speaks to us. I am currently finishing up serving the Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria Il as their Sr. Interim Minister and looking forward to my next called position. As an Interim Minister it is always exciting to learn new ways to engage the congregation especially fostering deep and spiritual connections during this unique time of COVID-19.
September 2, 2020 – 1:00 pm EST
A JUDICATORY CONVERSATION
Lead by: Jenny Stephens
The Virtual Café for Judicatory staff and elected leaders of judicatories is an opportunity to discuss what we are learning about transition in communities of faith and the gifts and skills of ministry leadership needed through the changes of the pandemic. Intentional interim/transitional ministries have ended and begun since March 2020, what does ending well and starting well look like? How has the judicatory role changed? What kind of support do faith leaders need from judicatories? How might the Interim Ministry Network support judicatories through this and other transitions? Come and share your insights.
Jenny Stephens is the Team Leader: Policies and Programs for Ministry Personnel in the General Council Office of The United Church of Canada. Raised in the Methodist Church of Great Britain, Jenny has worked within The United Church of Canada serving in both team and solo ministry in multi-point pastoral charges as well as 16 years as the personnel minister in Hamilton Conference (middle judicatory). She has taken the IMN training and enjoys supporting the practice of interim ministry. Jenny is a trainer with the Emotional Intelligence-Human Relations Skills Center (www.eqhrcenter.org). She lives in Cambridge, Ontario.
December 2, 2020 – 1:00 pm EST
LET US PRAY!
Lead by: Mary Ellen Dolan
In the busy life of a transitional leader, our individual prayers may be an afterthought as we rush from one thing to the next. How do we integrate the what? when? and why? of our prayer life. Do we spiritually engage with our prayers or do we use the same words and phrases by rote. This will be a time to consider and examine the role of prayer in our lives and how can we deepen our prayer practices.
Mary Ellen has been an Episcopal priest for twenty-five years, and has served in interim ministry since 2007 in the US and Europe. She has been a member of IMN since her first interim formation in 2006. Mary Ellen’s experience includes being a member of a religious community for seventeen years, many years as a mental health nurse, as well as completion of a certificate program in Spiritual Direction. These experiences have led her to a growing awareness of the need for integrating a solid program of prayer with the challenges of the time and energy consuming life of an Interim Pastor.