Intentional Interim Ministry Conference - Fall 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013 - 12:30 pm EDT to Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 12:00 pm EDT

Michindoh Conference Center
4545 E. Bacon Rd.
Hillsdale, MI 49242

Event Description: 

2-Part Intentional Interim Conference for the Indiana & Michigan Districts, LCMS

September 23-25 Introduction to Intentional Interim Ministry
September 25-26 Intentional Interim Continuing Education

Objectives: To become knowledgeable of…

1.      The Developmental Tasks of a congregation during an interim.

2.      The Process Tasks of Interim Pastors.

3.      The Theology of Interim Ministry.

4.      An introduction to congregational systems.

5.      Leading through “self-differentiation.”

Skills to be Developed:

1.      To be enabled to intentionally serve a congregation during the time between resident pastors.

2.      To be able to carry out such service with understanding and knowledge.

3.      To discern one’s commitment to this ministry and continuing education in it.

Registration Information: 


Registration is now closed.

*Note: Registration for "Introduction to IIM" includes a $55.00 materials fee


Introductory Course

"Introduction to Intentional Interim Ministry"
Speakers: Rev. Dr. Robert Kasper & Rev. Galen Drawbaugh

Continuing Education Course

"New Perspectives on Leadership in Congregations"
Speaker: Bruce M. Hartung, Ph.D.

Bruce M. Hartung, Ph.D. is Professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis where he has been a faculty member since 2002. He also serves as the Advisor on Personal Growth/Leadership Development. Dr. Hartung has served as director of the Master of Divinity and Alternate Route Programs leading to ordination (2011-2013), Dean of Ministerial Formation (2006-2011), director of Continuing Education (2002-2006), and faculty director of Deaconess Studies (2005-2009). He previously served as the executive director of the Commission on Ministerial Growth and Support of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (1993-2005) and as director of the Synod’s Health Ministries (1991-2002). He has authored a monthly column “Pressure Points” in The Lutheran Witness – Reporter since 1993 and a recently published CPH book, Holding Up the Prophet’s Hand: Supporting Church Workers. From 1983 to 1991, Hartung served as executive director of the Onondaga Pastoral Counseling Center in Syracuse, N.Y. He also served previously as a counselor (1969-1973) and then as the director (1973-1983) at the Pastoral Counseling Center of Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. He also served as assistant pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Waukegan, Ill., from 1967 to 1969. He is a past president of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, in which he is a Diplomate. He received his B.A. from Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind. (1963); the M.Div. (1967) and S.T.M. (1969) degrees from Concordia Seminary; and the Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. (1971). He and his wife, Judy, have two married children and five grandchildren.


Agenda Details: 

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Introduction to Intentional Interim Ministry (Sept. 23-25)

IIM Continuing Education Conference (Sept. 25-26)


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