United Methodist Intentional Interim Ministry training will prepare you to be a transitional specialist!

Transitional Intentional Interim Specialist Training (TIIMS) is designed to help pastors and congregations deal with the stresses of our culture in this time of uncertainty. While this training is specifically designed for those entering an interim situation (death of pastor, long pastorate, pastor leaving ministry, etc.), the training will help you deal with the everyday struggles you will find in any ministry setting. Congregations are hurting and TIIMS training is like a prescription for healing.

Transitional Intentional Interim Specialist Training is a three-phase experience spanning six months of time. Phase I is a three-day introduction to the concepts and principles of Interim Ministry where tools and techniques for this specialized ministry are presented. Phase II is a time in one’s ministry setting using some of the tools and principles learned in Phase I while being coached by a leader with whom they worked in Phase I. Phase III is a re-gathering of the group to further integrate the experiences of Phase II guided by the case studies written during Phase II. Through this training you will learn how to integrate your proven pastoral skill set with the dynamic strategies of interim ministry. You will be equipped to provide pastoral leadership in new and effective ways for congregations with special transitional needs.

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2023 Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist Training Seminar sponsored by
Perkins School of Theology,
Southern Methodist University,
Dallas, Texas

Phase I was January 9-12, 2023, followed by Phase II with independent work, and Phase III to be held in May 2023 (dates to be decided.) Both in-person sessions will be held on the Campus of Perkins School of Theology.

Lead trainer is Rev. Dr. Jan Nicholson Angle (

The $850 cost covers full training, materials, snacks and lunch. Travel and lodging are not included. (request a list of area hotels that offer a discount)

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In addition, you are eligible to receive a Certificate in Practical Ministry, with a specialization in Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist, by taking one additional class: Adaptive Leadership. Go to this webpage for more information:

ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP at Perkins Certification in Practical Ministry Core Courses – SMU Perkins School of Theology


2022 Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist Training Seminar sponsored by
Olmsted Manor Retreat Center
in the Western Pennsylvania Conference
Ludlow, Pennsylvania

Phase I was September 26-28, 2022, followed by Phase II with independent work, and Phase III to be held May 16-18, 2023. Both in-person sessions at Olmsted Manor, located just south of the state line, near Jamestown, NY (40 miles) and Warren, PA (20 miles) in the scenic Allegheny National Forest.

Lead Trainers are Rev. Jane Sautter ( and Rev. David Underwood (

The $1,000 Cost covers full training, materials, food, and lodging. Discounts and refunds for shared rooms, etc may be available. If the participant needs to do part of the training at another location, that can be accommodated.

Register at this EVENT LINK or call 814-945-6512. Olmsted Manor Retreat Center is located at 17 East Main St., Ludlow, PA 16333  (

Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialists Association (TIIMSA) has been offering training and certification in transitional ministry to United Methodist clergy for over 20 years. This year, the need for trained interims capable of guiding congregations through times of healing and traumatic change is greater than ever. Trained Intentional Interims (TIIMS) are working with congregations devastated by COVID and its financial implications. They have specialized training in congregational systems that helps them bridge the gap whenever an appointment situation complicated by conflict, an inappropriate leadership style, or clergy misconduct. In these uncertain times, TIIMSA trained leaders seek to lower congregational anxiety and promote healthy decision making processes.

For an overview of the training experience, see the Press Release.