Interim Ministry

Resources for the Interim Time

NH Conference UCC Interim Ministers Annual Workshop  
Thursday March 8, 2018, 8:30am-3pm
Bringing Together the Body of Christ: Can my hand work with your hand?
As much as there is ample history of churches dissembling in our North American Christian history, there are also abundant examples of reassembly: congregations of the same or similar denominations coming together to live as, or even be, one. As many or our churches continue to shrink in numbers, such ventures may even be seen as necessary for survival, although the result may be enough different as to seem new.
This day long workshop will look at the two significant issues in every potential joining: The ‘mechanical’ (governance, and denominational polity differences and what that means for property, funds, and free expression), and the ‘emotional’ (what it means when a church ceases to be, and is death necessary for re-birth, and how hard it is to give our minds input into a matter of the heart).
Our workshop will be led by the Rev. Jim Thomas. He joined Atkinson Congregational Church, UCC this past fall as Pastor and Teacher. Jim comes to NH after 13 years on the staff of the Vermont Conference. As Associate Conference Minister, Jim’s portfolio included Church Vitality, Governance and Bylaws, and helping churches in the process of merging, uniting, and closing. 

Cost is $20.00.
Register by sending an email to

NHCUCC Interim Ministers Group

Meets monthly on the third Thursday, 9:00 - 11:00 AM

NHCUCC Conference Center
140 Sheep Davis Road; Pembroke, NH 03275

All serving in an interim setting in the NHCUCC are encouraged to attend.

Ministry in Times of Church Discernment and Closure:
Webinar for Intentional Interim Ministers
Presenters: Rev. Gail Irwin and Rev. Jonathan New

Watch a replay of this webinar originally held on Thursday, September 28, 2017

Serving a church discerning closure is a significant, challenging and unique experience for an intentional interim minister. This online presentation will discuss the theological foundations for helping a church re-shape or close and the unique role of the interim in this process.  The webinar will also present resources for this ministry; including: Toward the Better Country: Church Closure and Resurrection, and Living Legacy: Church Legacy and Closure Resource.

The webinar presenters were Reverend Gail Irwin, author of Toward the Better Country and Reverend Jonathan New, Associate Conference Minister for Stewardship & Financial Development, MA Conference. Both have interim ministry experience.  Reverend David Schoen, Minister for Church Closure and Legacy (CB&LF) will host this online Zoom webinar being sponsored by Association of United Church of Christ Intentional Interim Ministers (AUCCIIM); UCC Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA); United Church Funds (UCF) and UCC Church Building and Loan Fund (CB&LF).

Statement of Consent
Background Self-Disclosure Form
Interim Ministry Handbook
Request for Interim Leadership Form
Interim Covenant Template
Criminal Background Check Instructions
Interim Ministry Profile