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  Interim & Transitional Ministry Education


Date: Monday, April 27 - Friday, May 1, 2015

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Community Center
100 E. 27th Street, Austin 78705

Registration Fee: 

Registration $450

Registration with on campus housing, double occupancy, shared bath (very limited)  $610

Registration includes tuition, materials, facilitation/meeting space, and meals beginning at noon on Monday and ending with breakfast on Friday.

Cancellations will not be accepted after April 15, 2015.

Recommended for: Clergy and lay people interested in Interim and Transitional Ministry

Registration limited.

Registration is closed.


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.  Participants should be advised that there will be homework assignments and are encouraged to plan travel and evening activities with this in mind.

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:

  •  Biblical and theological contexts for transition ministry
  •  Developmental tasks of the congregation during the interim time
  •  Process tasks of the interim pastor
  •  Give leadership during times of anxiety, transformation, disputes and healthy congregations
  •  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.

  •  Reflection on leadership style with the use of Leadership Learning Conversation (LLC)
  •  Employ analytical skills for reflection on ministry situations
  •  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.

  •  Dynamics of the interim period using the LLC method of reflections on a ministry experience
  •  Living with the congregation as a system
  •  Interim pastor as change agent
  •  Turbulence, transformation and change issues in congregations
  •  Ethical issues of interim ministry

 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. We welcome and encourage our ecumenical partners in the Southwest and elsewhere to join us.

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. She is now retired and resides in Bozeman, Montana with her spouse John.

Kevin Buchanan has been involved in transitional ministry throughout his career.  Beginning in 2002 he served interim positions at five churches in California. Currently he is serving in a longer term transition ministry – otherwise known as installed as pastor – at First Presbyterian Church in Marshfield, Wisconsin.  Kevin has been involved in transitional ministry education since 2008.  





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