Interim Ministries in the Episcopal Church (IMEC) is an association that exists to encourage and support interim ministry in the Episcopal Church. With its emphasis on training for this specialized ministry the members of IMEC work throughout the church in various situations of change and transition — helping these parishes and church-related organizations discover new possibilities for ministry.
Why is there a need for interim ministry?
While change is a part of all life, there are times when a congregation encounters extraordinary change. A variety of situations introduce this level of change – ranging from the departure of the rector to changes in the community, as well as the nee to direct and manage the changes which occur during parish size transitions. The common thread that runs through all extraordinary change is that specific leadership skills are called for to address each unique situation faced by congreagtions during times of transtion.
Who are interim ministers?
People who serve on a time-limited basis in congregations during a time of transition, with special training in change-management, conflict resolution, family systems theory and congregational development. Specifically, they are people, both lay and ordained, who are dedicated to providing the best information and services to the Episcopal Church during both ordinary and extraordinary transitions.
What does IMEC do?
IMEC is a professional organization which is committed to providing resources that will be of assistance and support to congregations in transition. In addition, IMEC supports trained Professional Transition Specialists (PTS), many of whom are willing to work in almost any geographic location.
IMEC encourages its members to continually increase their professional skills by receiving specialized training, either throught the educational offerings of the Interim Ministry Network (IMN) in Baltimore, MD; Clergy Leadership Institute (CDI) or under the auspices of similar organizations that provide programs in these areas. On-going education in transitional minsitry allows members of TMEC to offer to congregtions the necessary specialized leadership appropriate for interim times.