Remember, there is the word Interim at the front of my title--Interim Director of Children & Youth Ministries. There’s some freight that goes with that, and in case you don’t know what that is, I’d best tell you. For starters, it means that I am only here among you for a little while—about 19 months left now. It means I do something besides just manage your religious education program. It means I do some things and go some places here you might not expect to find a religious educator to be involved in at all. I am a Change Agent.
Why an Interim? Simple. Churches find the success rate of new leadership without an interim period very low, and with an interim period, very high.
I am not here just to run your Religious Education Program until you find someone else. I bring a much bigger portfolio to this Special Place. Here is what I must do for you before I leave:
While I go about this, you will find that I listen a lot—to what is said and to what is not said. You will find that I ask a lot of probing questions—you may find these by-turns upsetting, exciting, annoying, enlightening, or provocative. You will find that I spend most of my Interim work, not on the RE program, but on the church. Ask me why that is sometime.
It’s a fragile, fun, and sustaining space, this Interim period. “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” Let’s find out together.
See you in church.
Steven Mead, Religious Educator