Intentional Interim Ministers are experienced clergy trained for specialized ministry and appointed for a specified period of time. The United Methodist Book of Discipline, in paragraphs 331.7c and 338.2e, 338.3, proposes several appointive possibilities, including:
- Appointments made mid-year
- Appointments to less than full-time service
- Appointments across conference boundary lines
- Appointments made for a specified time period
- Appointments made for less than one year
IIMS are recommended to this ministry by their District Superintendents and trained in accordance with the standards set by TIIMSA, the Transitional/Intentional Interim Ministers Association of the United Methodist Church. Trained IIMS provide after-care ministry to churches in the event the death, disability or misconduct of a pastor. IIMS assist churches working through conflict or toward revitalization. IIMS also support clergy colleagues by maintaining church ministry while the pastor is on short term sabbatical leave.