The Transitional Ministry Education Consortium events occur across the country -- from Zephyr Point Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center on Lake Tahoe in Nevada to Union Seminary in Richmond, Virginia on the east coast. All our in-person sites provide housing and meals in addition to program.
Currently at least three sites are offering programs online: Transitional Ministry Workshops, Synod of Lakes and Prairies and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Please reach out to them for dates and program offerings.
To learn more about the events at a particular site, click on their logo or photo below or contact them for further information about registration, program costs or logistics, using the contact information provided.
Located just south of Atlanta on 536 acres, Calvin Center provides a place of respite and restoration for those participating in Week 1 of Transitional Ministry Education. The Conference Lodge offers rooms with private baths in the same building as the classes and is only a short stroll from the Dining Room. There are plenty of trails to hike and wander.
The Week 1 Class is offered mid-January each year by experienced leadership who have specialized in the ministry of being transitional pastors.
A completely online experience that is being offered by staff and members of Seattle Presbytery. They are offering both seminars (Week 1) and cohort experience (Week 2) online. For more information, visit their website.
Scott Lumsden, Co-executive Presbyter,
Set in the beautiful highlands of Southeast Texas, The mission of Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly is to foster growth in God through Jesus Christ by sharing its unique living, learning, Christian environment. The newest site developed in coordination with TMEC, Mo Ranch is striving to support the needs of pastors throughout the South, Southwest and Texas who are striving to live into God's call.
As the church is living in transitional times, this educational event is open to all pastors (both within the PCUSA and beyond) who are seeking to serve God faithfully in these challenging times. Let by two highly experienced transitional pastors and educators, participants can rest assured that they will be provided with the lastest information and best practices, as they discern what God is calling them to do and who God is calling them to be for Christ's sake.
B. Echo Truax, Program Manager
(800) 460-4401, ext 242
Rooted in the Reformed tradition, Pittsburgh Seminary is committed to the formation of women and men for theologically reflective ministry and to scholarship in service to the global Church of Jesus Christ.
The Art of Transitional Ministry, Week 1 is held on campus in the late winter (February/March), while Week 2 is held in the fall (October/November). These programs are provided through the continuing education program at the seminary. Guest rooms and meals are available at the seminary as well as other options for hospitality in the thriving Pittsburgh neighborhood of Highland Park.
PTS Continuing Education Office
The Synod of Lakes and Prairies prioritizes working with our presbyteries to attract, support and retain excellent leadership. Having solid interim pastors is key to this vision, as is having a deep understanding of the times in which we are the church. Leading in times of transition defines most ministry these days.
During pandemic times, the teaching team developed a virtual
Week 1 that attracted and energized pastoral leaders from around the country. We continue to offer online programs in 2021.
Site Coordinator and Team Leader:
Deb De Meester, Director of Leadership Development
800-328-1880, ext. 207
Set in the beautiful high desert of northern New Mexico, Ghost Ranch offers an extended week (Sunday to Saturday) with free time to hike and explore the sites and sounds of this sacred place. This site is limited to only 10 participants for Week 1, so register early to secure your spot!
In recognition of the fact that the church and our culture are deep in transition, all pastors who desire to strengthen their leadership abilities to help their congregations navigate these transitional times are welcome to attend.
The Synods of Mid-America and Lincoln Trails (MALT) have joined together to provide transitional ministry education each May to pastors nationwide through the Midwest Initiative at Leading Transitions. This is presently the only site that offers Transitional Education for Mid-Council leaders. While this is designed for pastoral leaders of congregations or communities in transition, Committee on Ministry members and presbytery staff persons with responsibility for congregations in transition will also find the training helpful.
Synod of MidAmerica
Montreat Conference Center is one of three national conference centers affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), annually visited by over 35,000 people seeking physical and spiritual renewal in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. The beauty of this place makes it the ideal place to retreat and reflect on ministry in congregations and communities experiencing transition.
Week 1, Week 2 and Spouse Track are all offered simultaneously during the Art of Transitional Ministry conference which is held the week before Labor Day (late August or early September) each year.
Founded in 1812, Princeton Theological Seminary prepares women and men to serve as faithful Christian leaders in the church, the academy, and the world.
Held in its continuing education center, Princeton Seminary is host to both Weeks 1 and 2 each October. Princeton Theological Seminary offers ministry leaders opportunities for theological formation, spiritual renewal, and leadership development. Here you will find a place to convene, share ideas, learn and grow in a spiritually rich, Christ-centered environment.
800-622-6767, ext. 7990
Union Presbyterian Seminary equips Christian leaders for ministry in the world — a sacred vocation that requires deep learning, commitment to service, and an ability to read culture and circumstance in the light of the rich resources of Scripture and theological tradition.
Each autumn, Union welcomes pastors from around the country to their campus for education in the Art of Transitional ministry. At this time, only week 1 is offered at this site.
800-229-2990, ext. 3830
Everyone needs a quiet setting — a place to listen to God — again, or for the first time. Zephyr Point is one of those special places. Nestled in the Sierra Nevadas, on a half-mile of Lake Tahoe shoreline, Zephyr Point is one of the most beautiful retreat centers in all the world.
Week 1, Week 2 and Spouse Track are all offered simultaneously during the Art of Transitional Ministry conference which is held in mid-July each year.
Rev. Sara Tillema, Director of Programs
775-588-6759, ext. 101