Given the current world-wide pandemic, we know that it is unwise at the present time for us to gather in person for our Art of Transitional Ministry events. Each of our sites is making the best decision they can make regarding when it will be safe for our in-person events to resume. Some of the sites that offering events this fall are still waiting to make a decision, others are postponing their events until 2021.
We know that many of you are looking for this education and we know that it is needed now more than ever. At the present time, we are working with our sites and faculty leaders to provide online virtual education in 2020. The scope and shape of that is still in the works. Our faculty are almost all full-time transitional pastors, mid-council leaders or seminary staff and while they are committed to trying to make this happen, this is not a primary foci for any of our faculty.
We do not want to offer anything that has not been well-planned, and we know that providing an effective virtual learning environment is not as simple as moving our event to Zoom. We imagine that you expect more than that from us; we expect more than that from ourselves.
TMEC educational events focus on building leadership skills for churches and communities experiencing transition, led by practitioners in a committed learning community.
For the 2020 Schedule and flyer, click here.
Here are some of our most asked questions...
What skills might I learn at a TMEC event?
Here are just a few of the topics we will cover in each of our educational events:
Family Systems Theory
Exploring context/cultural dynamics
Where are the TMEC educational events being held?
Here is listing of the locations and organizations that are part of TMEC. To learn more about the education event at a particular site, click on the name below.
How much does a TMEC event cost?
Each site that hosts these events sets its own costs and often depends on the housing option chosen. Please contact each site directly to inquire about costs for their event.
Who serves as faculty for these events?
The Transitional Ministry Education Consortium is a group of transitional pastors, associate pastors, bi-vocational pastors, mid-council leaders, coaches and other transition professionals who are committed to the mission and ministry of the church of Jesus Christ. While our ranks are made up largely of Presbyterians (PCUSA), we have been expanding our base to include United Methodists, Lutherans (ELCA), Disciples of Christ and clergy from the United Church of Christ. We strive to make all of our events denominationally and racially inclusive, as we value the diversity of our faith and the voices within it.
All of our faculty members have years of experience (in some cases, decades!) in transitional ministry settings as interim or transitional pastors, associate pastors, spouses of transitional pastors, or interim/transitional mid-council and governing body executive staff. Each year, we come together as a consortium for continuing education on best practices in transitional ministry so that we can provide the most relevant training on issues facing transitional and interim church leaders.