21 March 2021
Based on international models and increasingly explored across the Church of England, Interim Ministry (IM) involves churches making short term appointments to help parishes move through a process of rethinking who they are, what they are about and how they are going to go forward. Funded by Capacity Building Funding from the Church of England’s Strategic Development Fund (SDF), the materials will form a national IM resources ‘hub’, initially to be hosted by the Diocese of Chelmsford.
Interim ministry has: ‘quite literally been a God-send, enabling renewal, growth and change to happen and for the church to flourish,’ said The Archbishop of York, the Most Revd Stephen Cottrell, at the launch. The Archbishop expressed the hope that the resources: ‘will enable every diocese to consider whether in certain situations where change and renewal is needed in existing patterns of church life; Where there are opportunities to develop whole new ways of being church and new communities of faith, that Interim Ministry might be the best next step of coming alongside existing Christian communities and helping them to see viable and flourishing ways forward.’