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Before interim ministry, I spent 22 years as a parish minister. I have had long, stable pastorates. For fifteen years I served both Ellsworth, Maine, and Castine, Maine. Both churches engaged in ambitions building projects while I served them. For another seven years I continued full time with Castine, a time of significant membership growth for that congregation.

For the past two years I've enjoyed being the interim minister in Westborough, Massachusetts. In Westborough we've worked on becoming a Welcoming Congregation, participated in interfaith dialogues, restored the 1895 tracker organ, experienced growth in attendance and membership, and taken steps toward significantly increased pledging.

When the professional minister leaves, the ministry of the congregation continues. Ministry is something we do together; it is the entire work of our faith communities. A professional interim minister can be extremely important in the transition period. Interim ministry helps the congregation understand the past, deal with the emotions that are sure to come up in the transition, and look toward the congregation of tomorrow.

Rev. J. Mark Worth