Guidelines Relating to Interim Ministry
NOTE: These guidelines DO NOT apply in the normal course of events when a parish needs clergy supply for worship and pastoral care between rectors.
The goal of interim ministry is:
- to provide on-going pastoral leadership,
- to offer compassionate care,
- to help resolve any grief and conflict issues which may be evident surrounding the departure of the rector,
- to assist the parish to prepare for new ministry.
When a Bishop, in consultation with the Territorial Archdeacon, deems it necessary to obtain interim ministry for a parish the following guidelines will apply:
Suitable arrangements are the concern of the Bishop, the Archdeacon and the Parish Council
Duties to be contracted should include the following:
- the provision of Sunday and weekday worship
- being responsible for weddings, funerals and baptisms
- visiting the sick, the elderly and those confined to home or institutions
- being available for general pastoral care
- chairing the Parish Council
- encouraging and helping the parish to prepare for and to be ready for, new ministry and a new future
the participation in Deanery, Archdeaconry and diocesan events (in case of Synod, with voice but no vote)
Remuneration will be based on the Diocesan Minimum Stipend schedule and a living allowance at the rate of 40% of stipend or the provision of a rectory. Travel will be reimbursed at the Diocesan rate in effect.
Remuneration will also include according to government regulations, deductions for C.P.P., E.I., and Income Tax. Reimbursement must be arranged through the central payroll system at the Synod office.
Less than “Full Time” (based on a 50 hour work week) to a minimum of 50% will be computed on the basis of the ratio of contracted time to a full time ministry.
Normally, Interim Clergy will not be considered as candidates for the selection of a new rector in the parish in which they serve.
Revised July 2003