American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

ABCNYS Interim Training Event

April 20-22

AN ABCOPAD Interim Ministry Endorsed Event

Sponsors: ABC of New York State, ABCUSA Transition Ministries and The Center for Congregational Health 

All sessions will be held at the beautiful Delta Lake Bible Conference Center in Rome, New York.
The time between permanent pastors is an important time for a faith community. Members often operate at maximum capacity as they make crucial decisions about the future of the congregation. Their experience is enhanced by engaging a leader specifically trained in the dynamics of transition.
This conference will prepare participants to:
  • Develop a covenant with a congregation that clearly describes the responsibilities of the interim pastor and the congregation.
  • Enter a congregation in order to more quickly join with them in ministry.
  • Assess the health of a congregation and determine where they might need help.
  • Articulate the role of the interim pastor in planning for the congregation’s future, with appropriate contact with the Pastor Search Committee.
  • Prepare the congregation for the coming of a new minister.
  • Exit a congregation in a way that models good closure for ministry and the opening of a new chapter in the faith community’s life.
Tuition/Materials Cost
Tuition/materials for this course is typically $550. All ABC pastors will receive a $200 scholarship, made possible by ABCNYS in partnership with Transition Ministries ABCUSA, making their cost $350. Lodging and meals are extra.  
Commuter rate: $420
Tuition plus five meals and facility/administration
Lodging rate: $470
Tuition, meals, and 2 nights lodging (triple occupancy. If you wish double or single room, please contact the ABCNYS Region Office to arrange for a slight price increase.
Registration must be received by April 1, 2017 to insure arrival of materials. Emergency-caused cancellations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If sending checks by mail, please make the check out to ABCNYS and mail to this address:
ABCNYS Interim Conference
5865 East Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY 13078
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE THROUGH Clergy “New Life” Grant up to $300

Cultivating New Life Grant Application 2017

ABCNYS Interim Training Brochure 2017 

As part of its mission to strengthen local churches, ABCNYS recommends churches consider calling church leaders who have this type of training as part of their ministry skill sets. We welcome inquiries about interim opportunities (