The objective of the interim time in the Presbyterian denomination (PCUSA) is for a congregation to understand "who they are" and "where they are going" apart from the previous pastor, particularly if that pastor was with a congregation a long time. A study is usually conducted to identify key elements of their identity to enable them to call a new pastor who "fits" with the church's character and direction.
This report summarizes the self-study that commenced in late April and was completed in October 2019 for the Sycamore Presbyterian church (SPC) to address both questions, i.e., "Who is Sycamore?" and "Where is Sycamore going?" now that the long-term pastor has retired.
Mission Study Report