WHAT IS A TIP?
- A Transitional Interim Pastor is a temporary shepherd who is trained to lead a church through specific steps toward a healthy beginning for the arrival of the new pastor.
- He is not a candidate to become the next pastor.
- He is a seasoned minister who has a wealth of experience, training, and skills with which he can move a church forward during the interim period.
WHAT DOES A TIP DO?
- He provides pastoral leadership to the church during the interim period.
- He performs ministerial duties (leading worship, counseling, visiting the sick, conducting funerals, weddings, etc.) as agreed upon in consultation with the church.
- He helps the church clarify her purpose and vision.
- He provides training and guidance to the church-elected Transition Team.
- He works with the Transition Team in helping the church deal with matters that affect future health and progress.
- He provides training and guidance to the Pastor Search Committee.
- He readies the congregation to accept a new pastor.
WHO NEEDS THE SERVICES OF A TIP?
All churches could benefit from the ministry of a Transitional Interim Pastor. There are some church situations, however, where the benefits would be greater:
- The previous pastor was asked to leave.
- There was a moral failure by the previous pastor.
- The retirement/resignation of a pastor who had served the congregation for many years.
- The church is contemplating moving from a fulltime to bivocational status or vice versa.
- The church has just experienced a split or is embroiled in conflict.
- The church is grieving over the death of the previous pastor.
HOW DOES A CHURCH COMPENSATE A TIP?
The TIP is uniquely qualified by training and experience to serve the congregation in the interim period. He should, therefore, be fairly compensated based on what the congregation expects him to do. The congregation and the TIP will negotiate schedule of work, salary and benefits that are mutually acceptable.
HOW DOES A CHURCH SECURE A TIP?
The Tennessee Baptist Convention is training ministers for TIP ministry. A list of those who have been trained is kept on file in the Church- Minister Relations office and may be shared with churches looking for a TIP.
Contact your local Director of Missions for more information and/or names of TIP ministers who reside in your area.
Contact Gary Rickman at the Tennessee Baptist Convention at 1-800-558-2090, ext. 2020 or locally at 615-371-2020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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