2021 Gathering

Courage for ChangeA WEBINAR on April 20-21

The first VIRTUAL 2021 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 will be offered addressing a variety of ministry skills.

The $75 registration fee includes exclusive access to the event recordings for all participants.

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.



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Tuesday, April 20 (Central Standard Time, adjust for your time zone)
  10:00 a.m. Opening Worship and Plenary One with Gil Rendle
  12:30 p.m. Break
    1:00 p.m. Workshops by Zoom (choose one of four options)
    2:30 p.m. Break
    3:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m. Plenary Two with Gil Rendle
    6:00 p.m. Networking Options

Wednesday, April 21
  10:00 a.m. Workshops (choose one of four options, see descriptions below)
  11:30 a.m. Break
   Noon        Plenary Three with Gil Rendle
    2:30 p.m. Break
    2:45 p.m. Small Group discussions in Zoom breakout rooms
    3:15 p.m. Plenary Three reconvenes with Gil Rendle
    4:30 p.m. Closing


Choose two (Tuesday and Wednesday)

1. “Managing Congregational Anxiety in the Post-COVID World” with Bill Kemp

This workshop offers a guide to uncharted territory. For many of us, the pandemic has been a dream killer. It began by cutting us off from our relatives and work-friends. Then came anxiety. Would COVID kill a loved one? What if I suffer an extended hospitalization? What will be the pandemic’s effect be on my long-term health, mental state, and relationships? Meanwhile, the churches that we serve are facing a double whammy. The loss of trust that in our polarized fellowships that preceded the coronavirus and the strange new world that awaits us after the current crisis. Bill Kemp’s response is to focus on five basic paradigm shifts that are both personal and corporate. For the sake of your own soul, there are five things you must take to heart. For the sake of your congregation’s future, there are five paradigm shifts you must lead. The shifts are: From denial to acceptance of the current reality, from anger to the formation of a new identity, from bargaining to a saner decision-making process, from depression to self-care, and from passivity to actively planning for the future. This workshop previews Bill Kemp’s forthcoming book, Anxiety, COVID-19, and Whatever Comes Next.

Workshop presenter is Bill KempRev. Bill Kemp is an unofficial instigator for change and the author of nine books relating to church leadership. He also writes self-help books for individuals going through major transitions, including Going Home, for the terminally ill, and the forthcoming Anxiety, COVID-19, and Whatever Comes Next, which is the basis for this workshop. He is an elder in the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference and a trained TIIMS, currently serving on the TIIMSA Board of Directors and hosting the monthly TIIMSA Conversations (first Thursdays at 4:00 pm Eastern). His quarantine home is in Pittsburgh with his wife, Karen, a dog, and a cat. He welcomes inquiries at bill@notperfectyet.com

2. “Laughing Matters” with Dan Hoke

A humorous story can momentarily set a positive climate an Interim Specialist can employ. It can quickly introduce camaraderie into an unfamiliar congregational setting. In this class we will examine the nature and telling of humorous short stories. We will review various uses of humor stories and discuss six tips for telling them. The aim is to gain insight regarding the nature and use of humorous short stories to apply wit to a purpose for the intentional interim minister and collect some new ones along the way.

Workshop presenter is Dan HokeDr. Dan Hoke is a retired elder (36 years) in the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. He served in an interim capacity and became a Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist in 2011 in the Texas Conference. He volunteers as a mentor for the Certified Lay Ministers in the TC East District. Dan studies humor. He has been in Comedy Theater with parts ranging from the hollow-headed young husband in the classic, As You Like It, to playing the “heavy” in melodramas. He has participated in children’s theater playing various characters including a talking horse. For the record, Dan played the horse’s front end!  Dan and Myrna live in the East Texas woods near Jefferson, Texas.

3. “Going from Short Circuit to Energized” with Bonnie Osteen

There are many currents flowing through interim appointments such as: conflict, grief, lack of motivation, and more. We will examine ways to repair the ‘broken circuits’ with viable connections to restore the system to one that is charged and energized.

Workshop presenter is Rev. Bonnie OsteenRev. Bonnie Osteen has served as a Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist (TIIMS) for 13 churches in a variety of situations that include: conflict, pastor removal, sabbatical, death in pastor’s family, cross cultural, transition between pastoral appointments, and at a college Wesley Foundation. This calling is one she approaches with passion. Bonnie received the TIIMS Approval status with General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) in 2014, and is currently  the Chair of the TIIMSA Board. In 2015, Bonnie joined the Texas Annual Conference staff as the Director of Intentional Interim Ministry. She is a National TIIMS Trainer and enjoys leading the seminars across the nation. Bonnie is married to Dave, who serves as Captain with Fire/EMS in Pearland, Texas

4. “Grief in Isolation” with Tommy Myrick

During the previous year, every community around the country has experienced closures of schools, businesses, and churches; yet the members of our community and churches have not stopped grieving the loss of jobs, relationships, church membership, and loved ones. “Grief in Isolation” provides an insight into how the Mending Hearts Grief Center and Christ United Methodist Church extended help and hope for persons grieving during the pandemic when fear and anxiety paralyzed us and kept us from meeting together.

Workshop presenter is Tommy MyrickDr. Tommy Myrick is the co-founder of the Mending Hearts Grief Center in College Station, Texas. The center began in 2015 as an outreach to the many grieving people in the community with a focus on children’s grief. The center soon expanded to host counseling and support groups for divorce, marriage, spouse loss, children loss, cancer support, caregiver support and general grief. Tommy is an elder in the Texas Annual Conference and a trained TIIMS, serving as an associate pastor at Christ UMC in College Station. He is also a licensed professional counselor with a doctorate in counseling from Mississippi College and Masters in counseling from Texas A&M University – Texarkana.

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