A new fellowship of Disciples clergy has been established called the Association of Disciples Intentional Interim Ministers (ADIIM). It was formed after several Disciples attended the Interim Ministry Network’s 28th Annual Conference, which took place in St. Charles, Ill., in May. Ordained Disciples ministers, who are called to serve churches when there is a pastoral vacancy, are referred to as interim ministers.
The ministers who established ADIIM believe that the time has come for an association that will benefit and support interim clergy, who serve the church during the sometimes difficult period of congregational transition. An intentional interim minister typically serves a Disciples congregation between nine and 24 months. All churches will experience a pastoral vacancy at some point. Intentional interim ministers provide valuable leadership during transitional periods.