In the ELCA, a pastor who serves a congregation after the resignation, retirement, removal, or death of a previous pastor is called an Interim Pastor. In the Metropolitan New York Synod, we use the term Transitional Pastor. These pastors serve in (1) Coverage, (2) Intentional Interim, (3) Discernment, or (4) Term-Call capacities.
This section shows the responsibilities for each, as well as two sample letters of agreement—one for Intentional Interim pastors, and another for Term-Call pastors.
Responsibilities of Transitional Pastors