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Intentional Interim Ministry Introduction & Continuing Education

September 23, 2019 - September 26, 2019
Hillsdale, MI

Introduction to IIM Ministry

The “Introduction to Intentional Interim Ministry” workshop is designed for those that are considering IIM as a part-time ministry when they retire. Attendance at an introductory workshop, commitment to this ministry, and District-sponsored continuing education are required to be recognized as a Michigan District Intentional Interim Minister.

There is a $55 fee to attend this conference, which will include 2 books and a manual. (Lodging will be covered by the district.)

     Intro to IIM Agenda

IIM Continuing Education

What do Pastors, and particularly Intentional Interim Pastors, have in common with explorers Louis and Clark? If you haven’t read Ted Bolsinger’s book, Canoeing the Mountains, you may not have a clue. But one of the keys is a well-defined mission that is “owned by the leader.” And another is the requirement of “self-differentiation” as a leader for any group of explorers. (Ministry in today’s world is definitely “off the map.”) By registering for this Continuing Education conference, you will receive this important ministry book. You will also receive LCMS Texas District President Mike Newman’s new book, Gospel DNA. (This too is a great read!) You will be expected to read both volumes before attending the conference.

There is NO CHARGE to register.

     IIM Continuing Education Agenda

When & Where


September 23, 2019 - September 26, 2019

Michindoh Conference Center
4545 E. Bacon Rd.
Hillsdale, MI, 49242



Rev. Galen F. Drawbaugh

Rev. Galen Drawbaugh has been a pastor in the LCMS for fifty years in which he has primarily served as the senior pastor in larger congregations. Since 2000, he has served seven congregations as an Intentional Interim Pastor in Iowa, Michigan, and Indiana. He served two terms on the LCMS Interim Ministry Conference Board of Directors, one year as the Chairman of the Board. Drawbaugh is currently the Coordinator of Intentional Interim Ministries for the Indiana District, LCMS. He assists Rev. Dr. Robert Kasper in the planning of the Michigan/Indiana District Intentional Interim Ministry Continuing Education Conferences and co-teaches its annual Discernment Event.


Rev. Dr. Robert E. Kasper

Rev. Dr. Robert Kasper presently serves as Assistant to the President/Congregation Mission and Ministry Support/Metro Zone for the Michigan District, LCMS. Prior to joining the Michigan District staff in 2012, Kasper served nearly 30 years as a parish pastor in suburban St. Louis, Mo. and Detroit, Mich. He serves as the Facilitator for Intentional Interim Ministry in the Michigan District. Kasper and his wife Debbie live in Ypsilanti, Mich. They have four grown children and seven grandchildren.


Rev. Robert V. Riggs

Rev. Bob Riggs has served as a parish pastor in Minnesota, Ohio, and Michigan since his graduation from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 1983. He and his wife Lynne live in Carson City, Mich. Their vacations consist of visiting their three adult children in Ohio, Texas, and Maryland. Riggs has always appreciated the fellowship of brother pastors and especially the collegial rapport of IIM workshops. He looks forward to serving as chaplain for the September IIM workshop.


Rev. Dr. Scott G. Sommerfeld

Rev. Dr. Scott G. Sommerfeld has a passion for leadership development, home-centered congregation-supported ministry, and organizational health founded on Healthy Relationships and Holy Manners. He is currently serving his third Intentional Interim Call at Community Lutheran, Flat Rock, Mich. Sommerfeld is honored to present on Canoeing the Mountains and Gospel DNA as both bring key insights in the ever-present challenge to be contextual and impactful for the cause of the Gospel.


Rev. John A. Bookshaw

Rev. John A. Bookshaw graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. in 1982 and has since served in several congregations in Michigan and Minnesota, as well as 5 years as a Chaplain for the US Army. He has been serving as Circuit Visitor since 2012 and IIM Pastor since 2017. He is married to Connie and they have three children and two grandchildren (plus one on the way).


Rev. Daniel J. Flynn

Rev. Dan Flynn is entering into his 40th year of ministry as a pastor and educator. He taught middle and high school at Baltimore Lutheran High School from 1980 to 1992. From 1992 to 2003, he served Concordia University Ann Arbor as the Director of Counseling. In 2003 his congregation, St. Luke, Ann Arbor asked him to plant a congregational site in Whitmore Lake while concurrently going to the seminary. He was ordained in 2008. He and his wife Gail have two daughters and one granddaughter.

Flynn currently serves as Intentional Interim Pastor at St. Stephen, Waterford, and as an adjunct Theology professor of Religion 100 at Concordia University Ann Arbor. In both cases, people are going through transitions, and Flynn wrestles with how to help them go through healthy change.


Rev. David A. Easterday

Rev. David A. Easterday is a 1994 graduate of CTSFW and has served three full-time parishes since ordination. He currently is semi-retired and serving as a part-time pastor at Lake George Lutheran Chapel in Fremont, Ind.


Rev. Dr. Paul B. Dancy

Rev. Dr. Paul Dancy retired several years ago as senior pastor of Praise Lutheran Church of Fort Wayne. He had previously served congregations in Michigan and Illinois. In 1993, he completed a D.Min. program which focused on developing contemporary worship styles for confessional Lutherans. He has had additional training in intentional interim ministry, serving congregations that have been through trauma or following a long pastorate. He has served pastoral vacancy churches as far away as Seoul, Korea, and is currently writing a book on church conflict. His passion is outreach. Dancy and his wife Heidi have been blessed with three grown children and three grandchildren.


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