Advice on interim ministry

A new book on practicing interim ministry is available at the UUA bookstore. In the Interim: Strategies for Interim Ministers and Congregations was edited by the Rev. Barbara Child and the Rev. Keith Kron. Child, a longtime UU minister, has served several congregations an an interim minister. Kron is director of transitions for the UUA.

The book is a compilation of advice from more than 20 experienced interim ministers. Chapter headings include “Why Have an Interim Minister?” “The Interim Minister as Systems Analyst,” “Working with Staff,” “Predictable Roadblocks,” and “The Temptation to Rush the Search.”

The authors note: “A period of interim ministry poses unique challenges and opportunities for both congregations and ministers. Much more than a ‘caretaker’ ministry, an interim ministry can help a congregation navigate and get the most out of a time of transition. In this practical and insightful volume, interim ministers and other congregational leaders provide a road map for a transformative and fulfilling interim period.”

The 280-page book is $17, with discounts for multiple copies.