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Intentional Interim Ministry – Discernment Conference Fall 2023 – Cancelled

An Introduction to IIM

September 25, 2023 - September 27, 2023
Hillsdale, MI

The IIM Discern Conference for this Fall has been cancelled. Please note: The IIM Continuing Education Conference will take place.

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 books and a manual. (Lodging will be covered by the districts.)

Trainers:  Rev. Dr. Robert E. Kasper and Rev. Dr. Scott Sommerfeld

Objectives: To become knowledgeable of …

  1. The “Developmental Tasks” of a congregation during pastoral transition.
  2. The “Process Tasks” of the Interim (Transitional) Pastor.
  3. The theology of Interim Ministry.
  4. A growing awareness of congregational systems.
  5. Leading through “self-differentiation.”

Purpose: To provide an adequate knowledge base and practical application, so that participating pastors are enabled to “discern” whether this specialized ministry is “for them;” and be the informed foundation for serving congregations in this manner in the future.

Training Methods: A combination of video, lecture, group discussion, case studies, and some role play.

When & Where


September 25, 2023 - September 27, 2023

Michindoh Conference Center
4545 E. Bacon Rd.
Hillsdale, MI, 49242
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Rev. Dr. Robert Kasper

Rev. Dr. Robert Kasper presently serves as the Director of Leadership Development 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. He continues to read extensively in the areas of Systems Theory, Leadership, and Adaptive Missions for the Church in the Post-modern/Post-Christian era. Kasper and his wife Debbie live in Ypsilanti, Mich. They have four grown children and ten grandchildren.


Rev. Dr. Scott Sommerfeld

Rev. Dr. Scott Sommerfeld has a passion for leadership development, home-centered congregation-supported ministry, and organizational health founded on Healthy Relationships and Holy Manners as described on his website, holymanners.org. He has served five congregations as either an Interim Minister or vacancy pastor so far. At this training event, Scott is honored to share insights and experience regarding Intentional Interim Ministry and how family systems can enhance one’s service in this unique ministry.


Registration is closed due to cancellation of this conference.
Deadline to register is September 8, 2023

This conference is for pastors of the Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio districts who are considering Intentional Interim Ministry.

Registration Cost: $55
NOTE: If you would like to stay and attend the IIM Continuing Education course on September 27-28, 2023 please be sure to sign up for that on this registration form as well!