Intentional Interim Ministry Training


Last call for registrations! If interested, please contact (as soon as possible) Diane McClanahan, Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life at the Des the Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, 515-251-6667,

March – September, 2017

CEUs: 5.2





We are pleased to offer Intentional Interim Ministry training to pastors:

  • who are mature in ministry
  • whose leadership skills are proven
  • who are called to connect their specialized gifts and graces to congregations with special transitional needs on a short term basis (six months to three years)
  • who are able to do ministry under pressure and prefer to reset a congregations course swiftly and surely
  • who enjoy providing leadership that restores and renews a congregation spiritually and procedurally

If the qualities described above describe your leadership style and your sense of call, you are eligible to participate in the Intentional Interim Ministry training program.

Training phases:

During three phases of training, participants will learn how to integrate proven pastoral skills with the dynamic strategies of interim ministry.

  • Phase 1: March 27 – 30, 2017

Training at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center includes 32 on-site instructional hours that introduce participants to Intentional Interim Ministry and provide practical tools for engagement with congregations in transition. Topics include Interim tasks, preaching, spirituality, and self-care in the interim setting, systems theory, conflict management strategies, and boundary management.

  • Phase 2: During the six months after Phase 1 training. Participants are provided four individual hours of mentoring within their ministry settings where skills learned in Phase 1 are applied, processed, and integrated.
  • Phase 3: September 2017 – exact dates to be announced

Participants return to Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center for an additional 20 hours of on-site training. Case studies are processed in small groups and knowledge is reinforced with additional emphasis on spirituality and self-care.

Cost: $900 plus a $50 nonrefundable registration fee. Costs covers all three phases of the training including lunches at the Des Moines Pastoral counseling Center. Overnight accommodations, breakfasts and dinners are on your own.

Location Phases 1 and 3:

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

8553 Urbandale Avenue

Urbandale, IA 50322

Accommodations: A list of hotels in the area will be provided.

First, contact your Judicatory Leader for information about interim ministry within your denomination. Then Contact Diane McClanahan, Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life at  the Des the Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, 515-251-6667, The last step is to register online.


Registration deadline: March 13, 2017



Note for clergy in United Methodist Church (UMC), this training is approved by The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.


Diane Christopher

Diane Christopher

Rev. Dianne Christopher, MA, PTS, T-IIMS, AAPC received her training as a Professional Transitional Specialist through the Interim Ministry Network (IMN). Rev. Christopher is a recently retired elder of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church. She pioneered Intentional Interim Ministry in the United Methodist tradition by serving as an interim minister in six consecutive congregations from 1992-2011, and a seventh congregation in retirement. Dianne was instrumental in developing the approved curriculum for preparation of intentional interim ministers in the United Methodist Tradition and has taught interim ministry on a national level for the past fifteen years. Dianne is a credentialed Professional Transition Specialist (PTS) of the ecumenical Interim Ministry Network; a member of the Executive Team and past president of the United Methodist Association of Transitional Interim Ministry Specialists (TIIMSA); and a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC).

Training Sponsor:

pcc logo_verticalLeadership and Spiritual Life is a program of the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center. It is a resource for individuals, faith communities, pastors, and religious judicatories as they seek to deepen their spiritual lives and serve in various forms of ministry both within and outside of institutional structures.