The Art of Transitional Ministry

The Art of Transitional Ministry Week One

The Art of Transitional Ministry Week One program is designed for Clergy and other church staff sensing a call to transitional or interim ministry. Churches in transitional times, Committee on Ministry members and presbytery staff members will also find this 5-day conference helpful. It is also a good course for ministers in the midst of their ministry to hone skills such as how to say hello and goodbye in healthy ways, to help congregations heal and gain tools for understanding their congregation, congregational life cycles and leading the process of change.

Training sessions at the conference include 30 hours of classroom instruction with plenty of time for personal attention.


Dates: January 21 – 25, 2019

Meet the Faculty

Alvisphoto-80X100Dana Hughes is a presbyterian interim minister who has done more interims than she can shake a stick at, serving churches as interim head of staff, as solo pastor and as an associate. She believes that interim ministry is both a calling and a logical choice, and she is dedicated to helping others explore their gifts for this very particular form of ministry. Dana is also a writer working on a book of poetry, a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary, and a resident of Atlanta, where she shares her life with husband, Bill, and waaay too many pets.
Alvisphoto-80X100Stu Ritter has served as a transitional pastor in the PC (U.S.A.) since 1999, leading congregations of 250 to 1500 members in ten presbyteries. He is currently Stated Clerk of Northeast Georgia Presbytery. Earlier, he worked as a city planner, administrator and consultant in organizational development. He also taught social research and leadership development at the University of New Hampshire, the University of Judaism and Cornell University. Stu is a graduate of Cornell (BA), UNC- Chapel Hill (MA) and San Francisco Theological Seminary (MDiv).
Alvisphoto-80X100Susan Haynes is a native of the Atlanta area and a lifelong Presbyterian. She has been actively involved in many aspects of the life of the church as a Deacon, Ruling Elder, and now as a Teaching Elder. Her main area of service to the church beyond the local congregation has been on the Committee on Ministry of two presbyteries, most recently as co-chair of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta’s Committee on Ministry. Susan graduated from Georgia State University in 1980 (B.B.A) and graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2002 (M.Div.)

The Art of Transitional Ministry

Level 1 Course Content

Participants will be introduced to and reflect on:

  • Leaving Well
  • Transitional Task
  • Congregational Life Cycles
  • Mission Studies and Tools to Accomplish Them
  • Leading the Process of Change
  • Preaching in Transitional Times
  • Dealing with Difficult Decisions
  • Community Networking
  • Church & Personal Finances in Transition
  • Staying Healthy & Whole
  • Entering the Church Family

Special Guests

  • Tom Tewell, Macedonia Ministries
  • Clark Simmons, Board of Pensions
  • Julie Johnson, Church Consultant

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