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The Art of Transitional Ministry

Week 1, Week 2, and Spouse Track

August 26 - 31, 2018

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is now closed for both weeks!

Leading a congregation and faith community through transition is challenging and rewarding. It is recognized both in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and in other denominations as a specialized ministry. It takes knowledge, skill, resilience, and spiritual strength to navigate the waters of transition in a way that allows a congregation and its leaders to be open to possibilities, go deeper, and thrive. The Art of Transitional Ministry offers education in the skills and understanding necessary for leading a congregation and faith community in transition.

Week 1 – Intro to Transitional Ministry

Week 1 is for pastors or congregational leaders serving or considering serving congregations in the midst of transitions in leadership, culture, context, and ministry. You will be introduced to best practices in transitional ministry:

  • Entering the congregation and community
  • Getting to know the church and community
  • Identifying the congregation’s strength and growing edges
  • Assuming responsibility for assisting the congregation in moving toward a vibrant future
  • Leaving the congregation in a healthy and appropriate way

Week 2 – The Practice of Transitional Ministry

Week 2 is tailored for those wanting to learn more and focus on improving their own leadership skills, especially in the context of transition.

REQUIRED: Completion of Week 1, ordinarily between six months and six years prior (or by prior approval of the faculty team leader) and the completion of assignments provided upon registration.

Spouse Track

This course is designed for individuals whose spouse may be considering or engaged in transitional ministry. Spouses learn in a retreat-like atmosphere with opportunities to understand the basics of transitional ministry while also providing ample free time to hike, read, and relax.


For more information on course fees and accommodations, please click on the RATES & REGISTRATION tab above.

Sponsored by Montreat Conference Center, in cooperation with the Interim Ministry Consortium.

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Registration Procedure

Each seminar has limited enrollment. Please register early. Registrations for Week 1 must be postmarked by July 27 in order to be accepted. Registrations for Week 2 must be postmarked on or before July 13 in order to be accepted. These dates are required because of advance reading and papers which must be prepared before your attendance at the event. If you feel you can accomplish the work after the dates listed and before the event, please call for an exception at 828.419.9834.

Seminar Fee

Rates below include conference fee plus a $5 community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. Housing & meals are not included in this rate.

  • On or before July 13: $424 – clergy only; $504 – clergy & non-clergy spouse
  • After July 13: $449 – clergy only; $529 – clergy & non-clergy spouse


Rates for Assembly Inn include all charges for room and meals for the entire conference (Sunday supper-Friday breakfast. NO WEDNESDAY SUPPER). Additional charges will apply for any extended stay.

  • Single Occupancy, Private Bath: $634.75
  • Single Occupancy, Connecting Bath: $574.75
  • Double Occupancy*, Private Bath: $769.50 ($384.75 per person)
  • Double Occupancy*, Connecting Bath: $709.50 ($354.75 per person)

*Please note: If you reserve a room at the double occupancy rate and do not specify the name of your spouse/roommate, or if your spouse/roommate is a no-show, you will be charged according to the single occupancy rate for the room you reserved.

Refund Policy

Registrations and housing cancellations for the Assembly Inn must be received by July 13 in order to receive a refund. The $100 deposit is completely non-refundable. All requests must be in writing and received via email, fax or US mail. Cancellations received by July 13 will receive a refund of all funds paid, minus the $100 deposit. Cancellations received between July 13 and August 13 will receive a 50% refund of conference fees and all payments made toward room and meals, minus a $40 service charge. No refunds will be issued after August 13.

Contact Us

Questions about the seminar?
Email Evelyn Coleman at EvelynC@montreat.org or call 828.419.9834.

Questions about housing?
Email Susan Akduman at SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.

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