The district superintendent, with the consent of the church board and the District Advisory Board, may appoint an interim pastor to fill a vacancy in the office of pastor, until a permanent pastor can be called. The district superintendent shall also be authorized to extend the time of service of the interim pastor as he or she deems necessary in consultation with the church board. The interim pastor would be authorized to fulfill all responsibilities of the pastor. The interim pastor would also serve as a delegate from that church to the district assembly if said pastor holds membership on the district of interim assignment.

Such an assigned interim pastor is subject to the authority of the district superintendent and the District Advisory Board at all times. The interim pastor shall also be subject to removal by the district superintendent in consultation with the church board. (524)