Date: Monday, March 10 - Friday, March 14, 2014
Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Community Center
100 E. 27th Street, Austin 78705
On campus double $600
Off campus single $68
Registration includes tuition, room for four nights (for those who choose the housing fee), and meals beginning at noon on Monday and ending with breakfast on Friday.
Recommended for: Clergy and lay people interested in Interim and Transitional Ministry
This training is intended for those engaged in interim ministry, those inquiring about this ministry, and those who want to use continuing education time to learn about churches in transition. Committee on Ministry members and Presbytery staff persons with responsibility for congregations in transition will also find the training helpful.
Participants must be present for all of the contact hours during each residency week. This includes evening instruction throughout the week. Due to group homework assignments in the evenings, participants are encouraged to not commute.
Interim Ministry Education consists of sixty (60) contact hours plus a practicum. The contact hours are divided into two residency weeks.
Week I consists of thirty (30) hours of instruction and sharing. Participants will be introduced to, reflect on and apply:
- o Biblical and theological contexts for transition ministry
- o Developmental tasks of the congregation during the interim time
- o Process tasks of the interim pastor
- o Give leadership during times of anxiety, transformation, disputes and healthy congregations
- o Importance of boundaries and self-care during times of transition with churches and self
Practicum requires that you have had experience in an interim ministry situation of at least six months or for governing body persons, experience with congregations in transition. Practicum requirements are outlined in the assignments for Week II which will be sent to you upon the completion of your registration. Although there are more than ten sites where the Presbyterian Consortium conducts interim education, each site has different practicum assignments. Those who want to participate in Week II will need to complete practicum assignments prior to attending. Participants will complete the following before registration is considered complete for Week II.
- o Reflection on leadership style with the use of Leadership Learning Conversation (LLC)
- o Employ analytical skills for reflection on ministry situations
- o Integrate interim ministry concepts into ministry situations with guided readings
Prerequisites for Week II are to have completed Week 1 within the last five years and have a minimum of six months between taking Week I and Week II.
Week II also consists of thirty (30) hours including a practicum which combines application and reflection of the participants experiences in a particular interim/transitional ministry situation. Participants will engage in small groups with the faculty for reflection on the learning from Week I and the practicum.
- o Dynamics of the interim period using the LLC method of reflections on a ministry experience
- o Living with the congregation as a system
- o Interim pastor as change agent
- o Turbulence, transformation and change issues in congregations
- o Ethical issues of interim ministry
The week will begin with registration on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 11:00 am. The week will conclude at noon on Friday, March 14, 2014. Registration is limited and participants will be accepted in the order registrations are completed, including presbytery or judicatory approval. Registration includes tuition, room for four nights, and meals beginning at noon on Monday and ending with breakfast on Friday.
Cancellations will not be accepted after February 1, 2014.
We welcome and encourage our ecumenical partners in the Southwest and elsewhere to join us.
Who should attend:
Those engaged in interim ministry, those inquiring about this ministry, and those who want to use continuing education time to learn about churches in transition. Committee on Ministry members and Presbytery staff persons with responsibility for congregations in transition should also attend.
About the Presenters
Sally Hinchman is ruling elder and Certified Church Educator who has served churches and presbyteries across the PC(U.S.A.). She has served as a Transitional/Interim Presbyter in the Presbyteries of Florida and Shenandoah. Served as the GeneralPresbyter for Sacramento, Stockton and Nevada. She is currently the stated clerk for Heartland Presbytery.
Carol Shellenberger graduated from San Francisco Theological Seminary and was ordained to a counseling ministry before becoming an intentional interim pastor. She served as interim pastor for eight congregations in Northern California and joined the interim/transitional ministry faculty in 2002. One of her favorite pastimes is watching movies which compel her to look for opportunities to use film in her teaching. She now resides in Bozeman, Montana with her spouse John where she is learning to live with the deer, moose and bear and embracing the challenges of gardening in a new climate zone.
Bill Lawser is a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). A native of eastern Pennsylvania he was ordained in 1979 and has served the church from coast to coast to coast as an associate pastor, interim pastor, and presbytery staff.
From 2003-2011 he was an owner/consultant with Heartwood LLC, which focused on congregational transformation and leadership development. Since 2000, he has served as faculty at several sites for interim/transitional pastor education for the PC(USA), and since 2011 as an assessor for the denomination’s New Beginnings process. As a facilitator, workshop leader, consultant, and coach he continues to work with pastors, congregations and governing bodies in sharing his enthusiasm for new possibilities for ministry during times of change. He currently lives in Illinois.