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Intentional Interim Ministry Continuing Education

Engaging Congregations in Critical Life Cycle Stages With a Kingdom/Missional Heart

September 29, 2021 - September 30, 2021
Hillsdale, MI

Serving in a variety of leadership capacities as an Intentional Interim Pastor has enough challenges as it is! However, in recent years two critical phenomena have simultaneously made congregational ministry even more challenging in this post-Christian era: the decline of the Church’s central place in community and the resultant aging and shrinking of congregations (with some notable exceptions) along with the resulting financial challenges to “keep the doors open,” and the continued decline in the number of pastors available to serve in congregations. How might God want to use this time of often painful transition to renew and even expand His Kingdom? Intentional Interim Pastors are at the forefront of the conversation as they serve congregations in transition at critical junctures in their life cycle.

How do we have “Kingdom conversations” that go beyond “survival”?

  • How do we talk about closure?
  • When is “revitalization” NOT an option?
  • What is a “Legacy congregation”?
  • What are the pros and cons of a dual parish?
  • What is a “cathedral model”?
  • How do we talk about mergers?
  • What part does “Kingdom geography” play in the discussion?

Going forward, we will need several Interim pastors who have the courage and gifts to intentionally engage in these challenging conversations. A compassionate pastor’s heart and some special skills will be required. Sign up now!

When & Where


September 29, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - September 30, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

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


Tina Jasion

Tina Jasion is the Ministry Development Coach for Faithful Innovation. She brings an entrepreneurial mindset to ministry development through coaching to fulfill God’s unique purpose in individuals and congregations. She also serves as the COO for Faith and Work Enterprises, Inc. a nonprofit providing community resources and stabilization in the inner-city of Baltimore, Maryland. She has an M.A. in Christian Outreach from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN and a B.S. in Business Administration from Towson University, Towson, MD.


Rev. Roger L. Mackie

Rev. Roger L. Mackie earned his M.Div. from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis (CSL) in 1982. His first call was in Northern Minnesota. After serving in an unintentional interim in Southern Minnesota for almost ten years, he resigned from the congregation but remained on the LCMS roster as he retrained and worked as a computer programmer. He returned to full-time ministry by filling in for an Army Reserve chaplain who had been deployed in Afghanistan. Rev. Mackie returned to the Seminary to receive NALIP training for Intentional Interim Ministry, which he has practiced in congregations in Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, and Michigan. He currently serves as the IIP at St Peter’s, Big Rapids.


Registration is closed.

This conference is for pastors from the Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio Districts of the LCMS.