Synod of Lincoln Trails, PC(USA)
Friday, December 15, 2017

Transitional Ministry Education (formerly Interim Pastor Training);

Including Executive Leadership Training

The Synods of Lincoln Trails and Mid-America (MALT) have joined together to provide interim training every spring and fall to pastors nationwide. Transitional Ministry Education is intended for those presently engaged in interim ministry and those inquiring about this ministry. Committee on Ministry members and presbytery staff persons with responsibility for congregations in transition will also find the training helpful. 

Scheduled transitional ministry education for 2018:
       Transitional Ministry Education Weeks I & II: May 7-11, 2018 in Saint Louis, MO
       Executive Leadership Training 3.0: May 7-11, 2018 in Saint Louis, MO
       The Leadership Team is developing a new format for the Fall event - stay tuned!
The Art of Transitional Ministry - Brochure for 2018 Coming Soon


We live in a time of great transition in our churches and culture. Transitional Ministry Education is intended for those presently engaged in or inquiring about the nature of transitional ministry. This includes Temporary Transitional Ministry positions; which may include interim ministry, designated ministry, other temporary ministry or Installed Transitional Ministry which includes all other parish ministry positions. Committee on Ministry members and presbytery staff persons with responsibility for congregations in this time of transition will also find the education helpful.

Basic Transitional Ministry Education consists of 60 contact hours plus a practicum. The contact hours are divided equally between two residency weeks: Week I (30 hours) and Week II (30 hours), separated by a practicum which combines reflection on, and experience in, some aspect of interim/transitional ministry.

MALT offers education for both Weeks I & II. Participants must complete both Residency Week I and all practicum assignments before taking part in Residency Week II. Those who complete the first week of basic education at another site must complete all MALT practicum assignments prior to attending Residency Week II.

We offer a full thirty (30) hours of education for each week. If you desire to receive a Statement of Completion for this event, you must actively participate in all sessions in their entirety (30 contact hours).

Early registration will ensure participants ample time to complete reading assignments prior to the start of each residency week.


Participants will be introduced to and invited to reflect on:

  • The dynamics of our context of ministry in transitional times
  • Their own self as a leader and leadership for the congregation in transition
  • The dynamics of the congregation in a time of transition and the work of the transitional leader
  • Working with the congregation as a system, processing change issues, and managing conflict


Participants will:

  • Reflect on their leadership style
  • Use analytic skills for reflecting on ministry situations
  • Integrate interim/transitional ministry concepts into ministry situations


Participants will reflect on:

  • The dynamics of the transitional period utilizing integrated learning conversation from their own ministry context
  • Living with and in the congregation as system and the Transitional Pastor as a self-differentiating leader
  • Transitional as possibility for congregational transformation, reframed purpose and growing ministry capacity


The education begins with registration on Monday at 10:00 a.m. and concludes at 11:00 a.m. on Friday. Commuters are welcome with the understanding that they will participate fully in ALL sessions. 

A deposit is required for each registration. Full payment of fees is required 10 days prior to the beginning of class. Registration is limited. Participants will be accepted in the order in which complete registrations (including presbytery signature) are received.

Fees Cover:

  • Faculty costs
  •  Meeting space
  •  All materials provided for the education
  •  4 nights lodging
  •  4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners

Commuter fees (to be determined) cover:

  • Faculty costs
  • Meeting space
  • Materials
  • 8 meals


  • Please print brochure for policy and guidelines 



Beth Wagner
Sara Dingman
Judy Johnson

800.566.5996 / 317.923.3681
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