Lambs Ear Garden

Interim Transitional Ministry Preparation and Support
for the Health of the Community and the Organization

Support your leaders and congregation before and during time of transition and interim. Use Lamb's Ear consulting and facilitation to supplement a part-time interim clergy leader's availability for the full benefits of interim transition work.

  • Coming to terms with the congregation's history
  • Establishing a new sense of the congregation's identity
  • Addressing concerns of leadership and decision making
  • Re-examining and re-establishing healthy denominational relationships
  • Committing to new leadership and a new future

Transition Preparation and Interim Ministry Support are developed with and for your leaders, in a cooperative and interactive conversation that includes representatives from your higher judicatory. See suggestions below for retreats or leader and congregation preparation.

Whole Systems Consultation and Facilitation
  • Envision the future
  • Work out a particularly knotty situation in leadership decision making
  • Develop initiatives
  • Plan change
  • Respond to chaotic situations within the community or institution
Quiet Days and Retreats
  • Regular spiritual retreats to encourage leaders
  • Silent retreats
  • Day retreats to refresh and strengthen committees and small groups in the congregation
  • Family or All-Congregation retreats to unite the generations
  • Retreats and Quiet Days to develop a corporate as well as individual awareness of God at the heart of life and work in the community
Interim Transition Preparation
  • Remain fruitful in existing work, attentive to needs and goals
  • Build strong communication skills
  • Improve openness to questions and options
  • Acquire good listening skills
  • Name and attend to unfinished business
  • Learn or conduct Mutual Ministry reviews to develop leader accountability
  • Learn and practice thoughtful silence
  • Ascertain challenges, levels of conflict in the congregation
  • Name and commit to specific areas of health and growth already emerging in the parish
  • Emphasize and revitalize stewardship