2020 Gathering


A Message from Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist Association, United Methodist:

Greetings to all –

        The world has changed quickly and dramatically over these past few weeks.  Nashville has experienced a deadly tornado and the area is in response mode from this disaster.  Our host hotel is one of many that are operating disaster relief.  Donelson Heights United Methodist church, where the Gathering was to be held, received some roof damage and are still without power.  The Coronavirus has raised questions about people taking flights and questions about public gatherings, particularly of people coming from various parts of the nation that are now seeing outbreaks of infected folks.  This is a difficult time for everyone involved. 

       Part of the ministry we are called to serve is about transitional needs and this certainly equates to the current situation.  With due diligence the National Board of UM Intentional Interims – TIIMSA has made the decision to cancel the event.  We regret the inconvenience this may cause, however, we believe it is the best step with the current situation.

      We appreciate your prayers for this community, and in a month or two, we will send news of the next Gathering, once we have had an opportunity to reconvene.

Courage for ChangeMarch 17-19
Nashville, Tennessee!

The 2020 TIIMSA Gathering is designed for anyone, clergy or laity from any denomination, who is interested in intentional interim ministry and desires tools and resources to reach for excellence in a time of deep transition. Along with the keynote sessions on “Courage for Change,” workshops are offered addressing a variety of ministry skills. Continuing Education hours are available upon request. AND, the fellowship of the TIIMS community/network is an additional bonus.

OFFERING for all interested in interim ministry
  • Insights, tools and resources for excellence
     required in a time of deep transition
  • Workshops to sharpen key ministry skills
  • Continuing Education hours (on request)
  • Networking with colleagues across the nation
  • GRAND OL’ OPRY and other Nashville activities

Our Keynote Speaker: DR. GIL RENDLE 

“Good leadership is not enough,” says Dr. Rendle who has facilitated conversations with denominational leaders for more than 40 years on how to deal with difficult times. His most recent 2019 book, QUIETLY COURAGEOUS, Leading the Church in a Changing World, presents a radically different way of thinking about leadership in the Church today. He will guide participants toward gaining the skills required for “telling the Story that will get us through the wilderness.”
Dr. Gil Rendle, Keynote Speaker
Beginning as a United Methodist pastor and then serving as a consultant, Dr. Rendle has worked
over the last 11 years, as a senior vice president of Leadership Ministry at Texas Methodist Foundation facilitating conversations with denominational leaders on how to lead courageously in today’s rapidly changing cultural and spiritual environment. He previously worked for 12 years with the Alban Institute (now Alban at Duke Divinity School) as an author and seminar leader.



The event begins Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. with Check In and Opening Worship at 1:30 p.m. Our event location is Donelson Heights United Methodist Church, 84 Fairway Drive, Nashville, TN  37214







March 17, Tuesday

1:00 pm  Registration
1:30  pm  Opening Worship
2:00 – 5:00 pm  Keynote Speaker Session 1
5:00 pm  Dinner on your own
7:00 – 8:30 pm Optional: Grand Ole Opry
(You must register in advance for group tickets)


March 18, Wednesday

9:00 am  Devotional
9:30 am  Keynote Speaker Session 2
1:00 – 2:30 pm  Afternoon Workshops
2:45 – 4:15 pm  Afternoon Workshops
6:30  pm  Banquet with entertainment


MARCH 19, Thursday

9:00 – 11:30 am  Morning Workshops
1:30 – 3:00 pm  Keynote Speaker Session 3
3:00 – 4:00 pm  Closing Worship with Communion


Workshop information will be available soon


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