Nicholson, Temporary Shepherds


Roger S. Nicholson, Temporary Shepherds: A Congregational Handbook for Interim Ministry. Alban Institute, 1998.

Referenced in: Ministry Transitions and Interim Ministry Summary

This is probably the most comprehensive resource on this subject. It includes contributions from over 12 experienced interim practitioners on the full range of issues of the interim period. It covers the unique dynamics of transitional congregations, conflict and power (healthy and unhealthy), and gives separate chapters to each of the five developmental tasks. Part 4, “Tools,” contains many helpful charts and worksheets.

From the Publisher

Effective interim ministry depends on strong partnership between the interim minster and congregation. Lay leaders of congregations preparing for such a transition will value the expert guidance provided by over a dozen experienced interim pastors. What is interim ministry all about? What needs to happen during the interim? What should leaders and members expect from the interim pastor and themselves during this transition? What other resources are available for congregations?

About the Author

Roger S. Nicholson is a retired United Church of Christ minister who has served the Connecticut Conference of the UCC as an intentional interim pastor and minister-at-large. He served as a senior pastor at South Congregational Church in East Hartford, Connecticut, for 22 years. He is an active member of the Interim Ministry Network and a member of its faculty.

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