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Interim Ministry

It is a model of ministry which is being increasingly explored by the Church of England, based on international models.

IMs are strategic appointments to parishes to help a parish move through a process of re-thinking who they are, what they are about, and how they are going to go forward.

Because we are still learning about this process in the Church of England, this site has been set up to offer a platform for sharing experience and reflections on Interim Ministry.

Our initial offerings are from the Diocese of Chelmsford but we hope others will soon be able to contribute their own reflections and learnings.

Interim Ministry Networking

The Diocese of Chelmsford is supporting networking for Interim Ministers in the Church of England to enable the development of a learning community. It maintains a database of contacts involved in IM, and sends out an IM Bulletin sharing experiences and viewpoints on IM from different dioceses. This work is partially supported by capacity building funding from the Church Commissioners’ Strategic Development Fund, with the aim of extending networking and training in Interim Ministry.

Previous IM Bulletins are available to download below.

You are welcome to send contributions on events, news, aspects of IM, short publication reviews, and IM Focus features about how IM is being used in particular dioceses; or IM Viewpoint papers exploring the strategic and theological background to IM. Contact:

Current publications

Past IM Bulletins and features

IM Conference 2020: The Way Ahead for Interim Ministry.

Watch the full conference on below.

IM TRAINING: Modular Training Programme

Consisting of 6 half-day sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays, this experimental modular programme will introduce core concepts and tools for Interim Ministry, and develop support groups for those working in IM. It will include introductory training on concepts of Change and Transition by the Interim Ministry Network, USA; Family Systems and Conflict by Bridgebuilders; and Facilitation and Online Facilitation methods by ICA UK.

This is also an opportunity to help us road test and evaluate other training materials and resources developed by the Diocese of Chelmsford. 

To access the videos from the day please email

Download documents from the training

Common Awards research Tools for Interim Ministry

Common awards report

What does IM indicate

Monarch Shepherd or Parent

Interim Ministry source book

A suite of IM resource materials to support training and learning in IM are being launched by Chelmsford in the new year. This draft Interim Ministry Source Book is be available for comment until 31st January 2021. Please send all comments and clarifications to:

View the draft book.

IM5+ England - the first five years:

A recent national survey of Interim Ministry, IM5+ England, which was launched at the conference, found IM an effective and beneficial way of bringing about transformation. 43 people from 17 dioceses responded, and identified 14 benefits.

View the report


Advice and guidance about the appointment of Interim Posts

Guidance Interim Ministry post

Interim posts Guidance to bishops


Meeting the challenges of Interim Ministry - Diocese stages first national conference

A fantastic first national Interim Ministry conference at High Leigh, Hoddesdon, in February 2017, was attended by 50 delegates representing 19 dioceses.

Download the Outcomes from this conference here.

The Diocese of Chelmsford sponsored the gathering for Interim Ministers and senior staff involved in this area in the Church of England, to share current experience and explore the way forward in Interim Ministry (IM), considering the theological background, current challenges and the need for training and resources for the future.

The conference was addressed by Revd Angus Mathieson, Partnerships Development Secretary for the Church of Scotland where IM has been used for 20 years; Dr Jane Williams, St Mellitus College; Tony Evans, from the Institute for Interim Management, who operates as an Interim Manager at chief executive level in the business sector; and Ven Julian Hubbard, Director of Ministry for the Church of England Archbishop’s Council.

The event supported both practitioners and those working at a senior and strategic level by offering an opportunity to share perspectives, learn how interim roles operate in different contexts and reflect on effective ways of working in and deploying IM.

Interim Ministry is an area of growing interest for many dioceses, following recent legislative changes which allows for short-term appointments in parishes undergoing change.

Delegates - lay representatives, bishops, archdeacons, directors of ministry, training institutions and national church institutions - discussed three fundamental questions:

  • Is Interim Ministry about covering gaps in ministry or stimulating strategic change?
  • What are the underlying challenges Interim Ministry is trying to address?
  • And how can Interim Ministry be most effectively used?

The next steps being considered include shared national networking, training and learning to help dioceses develop IM skills and make best strategic use of interim posts.

To help with networking in the short term, a closed Facebook Group has been created: 

Interim Ministry England.
The Diocese of Chelmsford maintains a networking list of colleagues with a professional interest in Interim Ministry. Information of interest is sent out periodically. To join this networking list please email Helen Gheorghiu Gould on

Resource Library on Interim Ministry

An introduction to Family Systems and the relationship with Interim Ministry – Revd Helen Gheorghiu Gould

A Reflection on Interim Ministry – Helen Gheorghiu Gould

Running with the Wind of Change – Elizabeth Jordan

Complex Changes:  Interim Ministry in the Church of England  - MA Dissertation by Rev'd Natasha Woodward


The contact for IM in the Diocese of Chelmsford is Revd Helen Gheorghiu Gould, Interim Minister, Email, Mobile 07866 451744.

For more information please contact Revd Helen Gheorghiu Gould, Interim Minister.
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