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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 offering is 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.

Upcoming Topics

The Transition Team

Closing a Church/Mergers


Agreements and Contracting (Repeat of May 1st)


After Pastor: Breaking of Trust


Management of Staff

Asking Good Questions to Engage Your Congregation

More to come….



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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


Membership Fee
New Member - Add $115.00
Renewal - Add $115.00
Clergy Spouse - Add $50.00
Judicatory - Add $155.00

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