Statement on Interim Ministry by Rev. Linda Bunyard
The most satisfying ministry for me is working with a congregation in times of transition, because the leadership is focused on mission and vision and all the various aspects of the congregation’s ministry can move into line with that focus.
- I want an interim partnership with a congregation that understands that it has a mission and a ministry of its own.
- I want to work with a congregation that can meet my enthusiastic leadership and passion -- for worship, faith development, building a caring community, working for justice and taking our message to the wider community -- at a level equal to my own.
- I want to be a part of the telling of history and the healing that inevitably needs to happen when a settled minister has departed.
- I want to help the congregation leadership see the system within which it works and understand how to make needed changes.
- I want to help reconnect the congregation with Unitarian Universalism, with the resources and training available through our Association of Congregations.
- I want to work with leaders to find new directions in ministry.
And when the interim period is complete, I want to know that I have helped a congregation prepare for a long and satisfying relationship with its next minister.