Interim Ministry

Resources for the Interim Time

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.

"Science and Faith; People and Place - Two Topics for Interim Ministry"  
Annual Workshop - March 7, 2019 - 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

(Check-in and continental breakfast starts at 9:00 am)

Morning Session:  The Faith and Science of Wonder

Do you believe in gravity?  Do you believe that steam, water and ice are the same substance?

Science is what we know as fact. Things become facts when we can make them happen or observe them  - repeatedly - with the same result. Faith is a different. Faith is a belief in that which cannot be seen or observed. Science and faith do not contradict one another. They are not mutually exclusive. I can see the evidence for evolution and at the same time believe  that God created us in God's image. I can know science and at the same time believe in God.

In some places, there is the perception that science is anti-faith and religion is anti-science. This perception is one reason why younger people may shy away from faith communities: they have seen climate change deniers proclaim that God is in charge and that humans have nothing to do with creating or fixing the crisis.

What can we as clergy do with and for our faith communities to change this perception? We can talk about WONDER, which is the common root of belief in something beyond humanity (faith) and of curiosity (broadly speaking, science). When we engage in wondering, we open up the connections between faith and exploration of the world around us. Just as important, wondering opens us to what we don't know yet and to what we probably can't ever know. We need both ways of understanding the world around us to provide meaning and purpose as we move deeper into the twenty-first century.

Presenters: The Rev. Dr. Ruth E. Shaver, Interim Senior Minister, First Church of Christ, Congregational, North Conway and the  Rev. Dr. Rhonda MacLeod, Interim Pastor, Bethany Chapel Community Church, Manchester. 

Afternoon session: Church as People; Church as Place

Intentional conversation about church buildings and grounds should be part the interim season of discovering who we are, who our neighbors are, and who God is calling us to become.  

Many congregations face the realities of aging membership and aging buildings at the same time they want to attract new (aka younger) members.  What are the first impressions made by our buildings and grounds? How do we deliver on those impressions when newcomers cross the threshold? How can we do that better?

In this afternoon session, we’ll talk about the stewardship of physical ‘space and stuff’; balancing tradition and history with innovation and invitation; ways to assess the condition of your buildings and grounds; how churches might use facilities to create revenue streams; taking anxiety out of the words, “capital campaign”; and what our spaces say, and can say, about us as the people of God.

Presenter: The Rev. Jill Small, Interim Pastor, Community Church of Durham, United Church of Christ, Durham, NH.

Cost is: $20.00. Register by sending an email to

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 - Call Conference Office
Request for Interim Leadership Form
Interim Covenant Template - Call Conference Office
Criminal Background Check Instructions