An Interim Pastor is someone who helps fill the role of minister at your church while you are on a pastor search. It is a temporary position and the job description varies widely depending on what the church needs. Begin by seeking God's leadership in prayer.
The church must decide if they will be best served during this transitional period by a interim pastor. It must also be determined what jobs he will perform while at your church. There are no "one-size-fits-all" answers to the questions a church will face so it is useful to seek help from your associational leader. He can provide guidelines to help your church make needed decision.
The ministry of an interim pastor is crucial and will vary from church to church. The interim comes to the church in a unique period of its history and has unusual opportunities of service. The churches transitional period between pastors does not have to be a time that the church is stagnant but can be a time of healing and growth.
It is important for the church to have a clear understanding with an interim regarding expectations and to have it understood that the interim will not be considered for full-time ministry. Openness and honesty will allow the interim to lead the church to be prepared to accept the new pastor and be his ministry partner.