LCMC Blog [IIMT series] Read the the latest news, announcements and articles from LCMC. en-us Intentional Interim Ministry Training Goes Digital for 2021 Thu, 04 Feb 21 00:00:00 +0000 Calling All Interim Pastors!

The impact an interim pastor has on a congregation is substantial, as it can be the time a congregation moves from unhealthy patterns and behaviors to a more positive healthy environment.  Interim pastors are in a unique position to move a congregation forward during uncertain times.

The need for intentional interim pastors is critical.  Many congregations need some intentional healing before moving on to the next pastor. Intentional interim pastors provide that opportunity.  However, interim pastors need to be intentional about equipping themselves for the complex tasks that could be done. Training is critical to both the pastor and the congregation. 

Do you have the skills and tools to assist a congregation to navigate the interim period?

LCMC will be offering online intentional interim pastor training via Zoom on May 3-5, 2021 from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 PM Central Time to help pastors engaging in interim ministry. This workshop is open to those who are interested in serving within LCMC as intentional interim pastors. It is designed as an introductory training course, however it is open to all pastors – even those who have taken the course before – as a refresher or review.

We believe the opportunity to take the training online will allow many more pastors to participate without the costs and hassle of travel, hotel stays, and time away from home.  So, please consider this opportunity to get equipped with the right tools for this work which can make all the difference to our congregations and pastors!

The cost is $150 paid at the time of registration. To sign up, contact Cathy Nichol at (734) 788-7476 or at There are three books that are required reading. They contain critical information and terminology for intentional interim ministry.  The books are short and will apply directly to our class.

For more information, please contact Dawn Spies at (760) 208-0986 or Steven Abend at (989) 202-5301.

Intentional Interim Ministry Workshop Canceled Wed, 01 Apr 20 00:00:00 +0000 The LCMC Intentional Interim Ministry Workshop originally scheduled for July 6-9, 2020 at Grand View University has been canceled. 

"There was a sense that people will be reticent to register and no one is sure at this point whether safe distancing will be at an end by July.  We also canceled the LCMC youth event which had been planned for later July," said Perry Fruhling, LCMC's coordinator for pastoral ministry. 

While the importance of social distancing during this time is being taken seriously, the need for intentional interim ministry training among our pastors has not gone away. 

"There had been a number of inquiries, so there is still interest in this important training." Fruhling said. 

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Intentional Interim Ministry Training Returns for 2020 Mon, 24 Feb 20 00:00:00 +0000 A change of pastors is a significant and sometimes traumatic event in the life of the church and congregation. 

The need has never been greater for trained intentional interim ministers who are called and equipped to assist congregations during times of change and transition. 

Intentional interim ministry is not just filling a void during a pastoral vacancy, but focusing on developmental tasks of the congregation and process tasks for the intentional interim pastor.  It is vital for intentional interim ministers to discover an increased awareness of self as part of a system in order to equip a congregation to define their present reality and to plan for their future.

A basic course on intentional interim ministry will be offered July 6-9, 2020 at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA.  It is for anyone who is new to interim ministry and has not yet received intentional interim ministry training through LCMC.

To register for the basic course, contact Cathy Nichol, LCMC Administrative Coordinator at or call (734) 788-7476. 

The cost for the training course is $275.  Housing is available through Grand View University.

We ask that those enrolled bring a serious commitment to learning and conscientious determination to healthy practice of intentional interim ministry. 

The basic course is not intended to be exhaustive, but the first introductory step in a continuous learning process. 

LCMC is committed to providing continuing education for those who have taken the basic course.  Future classes are being planned and will be announced at a later date.

LCMC to Offer Basic and Advanced Intentional Interim Ministry Training Mon, 28 Jan 19 00:00:00 +0000 LCMC is constantly encountering congregations and pastors in transition.  With so many baby boomer pastors retiring in the next few years, the need for trained, intentional interim pastors has never been greater.

LCMC is offering an intentional interim ministry basic training class for interested LCMC pastors July 8 through July 10 at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.  This course will be taught again by Pastor Steve Lien, Intentional Interim Pastor Steve Abend, and Intentional Interim Pastor Tim Hummel.

This year we will also be offering an intentional interim ministry advanced training course with practical skills for intentional interim pastors.  This training is for pastors who have taken the basic course and would like additional training.  Topics covered are self-care, preaching during the interim period, best practices of educating and entering the intentional interim congregation, using the lectionary and seasons during the interim time, and more.  The advanced course will be offered July 10 through July 12 at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA.  This course will be taught by Pastor Steve Lien; Intentional Interim Pastor Steve Abend; Intentional Interim Pastor Tim Hummel; and Intentional Interim Pastor Dawn Spies.

Upon registration, a syllabus will be provided.  There is required reading to be completed before class.

Cost is $175 for each training course.  Housing is available through Grand View University.

For more information and to register contact Cathy Nichol at or (734) 788-7476.

Interested in Serving in an Interim Ministry Role? Tue, 29 May 18 00:00:00 +0000 If you are a pastor who is interested in serving in an interim ministry role during the next year, and have not yet received LCMC training, there are still a few spots open at this year’s LCMC Intentional Interim Ministry Training event.  

More and more we are discovering the vital role that interim ministry plays in helping a congregation transition from one ministry to another. There are a certain set of skills and necessary training for these transitions to go well.  As you develop in this vital area of ministry, the kingdom of Christ is realized in the congregation you serve.

The event takes place July 10-12 at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA.  To register, please contact Cathy Nichol, LCMC Administrative Coordinator at or (734) 788-7476. 

May God use this ministry training to strengthen the witness of LCMC in the years to come!

LCMC to Offer Interim Ministry Training Tue, 27 Dec 16 00:00:00 +0000 LCMC, along with many other church bodies, is constantly encountering congregations and pastors in transition.  I’ve been dealing with many of these congregations during my tenure as Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry and seeing first-hand the challenges they face, the perils and pitfalls that often befall them, and the great promise that awaits them if and when they successfully move through a period of transition!  With so many Baby Boomer pastors retiring in the next few years, the need for trained interim pastors has never been greater.  I enrolled in the extensive training offered by Interim Ministry Network (IMN), which I recently completed.

Because of the need I’ve observed and the training I’ve received, I am offering a crash course in interim ministry for interested LCMC pastors, which will take place July 25-27, 2017 at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.  

To register for the course, contact Cathy Nichol, LCMC Administrative Coordinator, at (734) 788-7476 or  The cost of the course is $100 per person (payable via credit card or by check made payable to LCMC) and enrollment is limited to twenty-five people.  Advance registration and full payment are required before class begins .  

Travel, meals and housing are the responsibility of each participant.  Housing is available at Grand View for $27 per night, and reservations can be made directly with Grand View by contacting Nicholas Kavanaugh at or (515) 263-2894.

Pastor Steve Abend, an LCMC pastor who has been trained by the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors (NALIP) will be joining me in teaching the class.  The class will also include the pre-reading of several books identified in our syllabus after registration.  

My hope is that those who enroll will be motivated and conscientious learners willing to serve as intentional interim ministers in LCMC congregations.

If you are interested in attending, please register by contacting Cathy Nichol.  In addition, please share this information among your friends who you think might be interested.  

I welcome your questions and ask for your prayers.

Yours for the sake of the Kingdom,


Rev. Stephen Lien
Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC)