PARON – The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) is offering an Interim Ministry for Today’s Church conference Feb. 17-18 at Camp Paron. The event is designed to enhance and improve the skill of men involved in interim ministry or those desiring to get involved in interim ministry.
The time between permanent pastors is a critical time for a church. The conference will prepare participants to develop a covenant with a congregation that clearly describes the responsibilities of the interim pastor and the congregation. Additionally, participants will learn how to study a congregation and determine where the church might need assistance. This is done to prepare the church for the coming of a new pastor.
“This conference will teach participants how to do interim ministry. It will give them tools to help churches stay focused on their mission as they prepare for their new pastor,” said Jimmie Sheffield, executive administrator for the ABSC and leader of the conference.
Sheffield said he feels that the conference offers a great opportunity for someone interested in helping churches that are between pastors.
“You could be a retired pastor or someone who wants to be a pastor but is not ready for full-time ministry,” he said. “This conference is perfect if you want to do interim ministry.”
The conference is a stand-alone workshop; but it is also a requirement for those interested in becoming an intentional interim pastor. The deadline for registration is Jan. 17.
For more information and to register for the event, visit absc.org/interim.