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Intentional Interim Ministry – Continuing Education Fall Conference 2023

Take Good Care - You're Worth It! (Matthew 10:31)

September 27, 2023 - September 28, 2023
Hillsdale, MI

To be the most effective in your Interim role, you need to be the healthiest you can be. Being the least anxious presence in the room (a working definition for a well differentiated leader/pastor) requires a leader who takes self-care seriously and consistently. We’ll explore together how to function in non-anxious, healthy ways – in your spirit, body, mind, relationships, and ministry context. You will leave this conference with concrete action plans for how to grow and maintain such health.

When & Where


September 27 - September 28

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

Rev. John Rathje is an LCMS-endorsed Specialized Spiritual Care Minister, currently the Church Worker Mental Health Support Coordinator for the Michigan District, LCMS (part-time), and the Dean of Students at Concordia University Ann Arbor, Mich. (CUAA, full time). He has served in a variety of roles, from mission pastor and college professor to licensed therapist, youth director, elementary teacher, Army Captain, and barista. A husband, father, and grandfather who cherishes time with family and friends, he enjoys reading, walking, and having conversations! God has blessed John to earn: teaching degree (B.A.) from Saginaw Valley State University; LCMS Teacher’s Diploma from Concordia University Ann Arbor; M.A. in Counseling from Michigan State University; and M.Div. from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo.


Rev. Mark Gilson

Rev. Mark Gilson has served in the Michigan District for 26 years in multiple congregations and ministry settings. Now serving as a full-time IIM, Mark enjoys reading, fly fishing, and connecting people to the life-saving person and work of Jesus. Mark and his wife Laura have four children and one daughter-in-law.


Registration is now closed.
Deadline to register is September 8, 2022.

This conference is for Intentional Interim Pastors of the Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio Districts.

NOTE: Please select only the section you will attend. We also have the Discernment option on this registration form. You should have already attended the Discernment section and thus would only need to select the Continuing Education section.

Additional Information

CEU’s Available

CEU’s  are available and are paid for by the District. Simply download, complete, and mail in this form.