There are two entities that have shaped my thinking about my current role at Baptist Church Planters. Interim Pastor Ministries (IPM) is a long-standing training ground for intentional interim pastors. They have placed over 1500 pastors over the years. Marti and I attended one of their two-day trainings in April of 2018. Their systematic approach to helping churches in transition is built upon a proven five step approach. They have hundreds of active interim pastors and wives that converged on the Trinity campus in Deerfield for additional training this week.
The keynote speaker at IPM is a man I have followed since 1999, Ken Sande. Ken taught a pre-conference at one of the Biblical Counseling annual meetings I attended. I fell in love with the peacemaking materials instantly and pursued certification as a Christian Conciliator. In 2012 the Relational Wisdom 360 ministry was developed because of Ken’s desire to get upstream of conflict. Sande’s knack for organizing and illustrating biblical principles was evident in these tools as well. I am honored to be a certified Relational Wisdom instructor.
God is gracious to allow us to see these ministries collaborating to strengthen interim pastors and their wives. It is our heart’s desire to offer these vast experiences and practical teaching to ITM pastors and wives to help Baptist churches across the nation.