Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist Training Seminar

Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist Training Seminar

August 15, 2019

Do you like the idea of providing pastoral leadership which guides, restores, and renews a congregation spiritually and procedurally?

Are you a pastoral leader who does your finest ministry “under pressure” and prefers to lead congregational “course reset” swiftly and surely?

If this describes your pastoral leadership style and call, the training we are offering will be an opportunity of a lifetime for you and the congregations you will be appointed to serve!

Through this training you will learn how to integrate your proven pastoral skill set with the dynamic strategies of interim ministry. You will be equipped to provide pastoral leadership in new and effective ways for congregations with special transitional needs.

Clergy who complete the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry 

(GBHEM)-approved advanced training may apply for approval as a TIIMS from the United Methodist Endorsing Agency of the GBHEM. (TIIMS appointments are always made at the discretion of the Bishop and Appointive Cabinet.)


The curriculum of study to become a credentialed TIIMS builds upon your previous United Methodist clergy training. Many, if not most, of the topics in the curriculum will be familiar to you!

In combination, the integration of the depth and sharp focus of the TIIMS curriculum will produce a professional educational emphasis specifically tailored to provide proficient intentional interim pastoral leadership.


Rev. Dianne Christopher, Iowa Conference, UM TIIMS pioneer 

Rev. Christopher served seven consecutive interim appointments
(1992-2012). She is a past president and current member of the TIIMSA (Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist Association) Board of Directors; a Professional Transition Specialist (PTS) of the Interim Ministry Network; and a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC).


Rev. Rinya Frisbie, Oregon-Idaho Conference since 1975, a TIIMS since 2004
Rev. Frisbie has served as a TIIMS pastor to twelve churches. She is a member of the TIIMSA Board of Directors and past president of TIIMSA.

Rev. Vivian Hiestand, Pacific Northwest Conference, a TIIMS since 2015
Rev. Hiestand has background in opera and spiritual direction and serves as the TIIMSA Treasurer. She has served two intentional interim appointments and is currently pioneering a TIIMS approach in a “regular” appointment in Washington State.

Rev. Patricia (Pat) Johnson, Mt. Sky Conference, a TIIMS since 2015

Rev. Johnson has served four intentional interim appointments in rural, small town and city locations. She currently serves on the TIIMSA Board of Directors and is serving a TIIMS appointment. Meanwhile, she has a Clinical Social Worker private practice in Denver, CO.


Phase I: October 7-10, 2019 - 32 on-site, instructional hours 
Introduction to the art and practice of Intentional Interim Ministry. 

Phase II: Will be your ministry setting - 40 hours in your ministry setting
Mentored experience of Intentional Interim Ministry.

Phase III: March 3-5, 2020 - 20 on-site instructional hours
Small group processing.

Total Instruction: 92 hours 

Participants will be awarded 52 contact hours to be used toward CEU’s.

Location: Iowa Annual Conference Center, 2301 Rittenhouse Street Des Moines, Iowa 50321, (515) 974-8900


TIIMS Seminar Registration: $995.00

Register on line: Registration fee is inclusive for all three Phases of the Seminar and  includes course syllabus, seven lunches and five dinners. Participants purchase approximately $30 in resources, and secure their own accommodations. 

Accommodation suggestion: 

A block of rooms has been reserved at DoubleTree by Hilton: 6800 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321. The 2019 rate is $116 + tax and includes a free breakfast. The block is held under TIIMS. Phone: (515) 285-7777

Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson, Director of Congregational Excellence 

Email:, Phone: (515) 974-8931

Rev. Dianne Christopher, TIIMSA Lead Trainer 
Email:, Phone: (319) 269-4021


The Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church offers TIIMS (Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist) training for ministry professionals who are mature in ministry, whose leadership skills are proven, and who are called to connect their specialized gifts and graces and the specific strategies of transitional intentional interim ministry with the “special transitional needs” of a congregation on an interim basis (short term appointment – approximately six months to three years at the discretion of the Bishop and Appointive Cabinet).

(See Par. 338.3, 2016 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church.)