Art of Transitional Ministry

August 30–September 4, 2020AdultContinuing Education
Sponsored by Montreat Conference Center, in cooperation with the Interim Ministry Consortium

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 One

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 Two

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.

Registration & Accomodations

Registration Procedure

Each seminar has limited enrollment. Please register early. Registrations for Week 1 must be completed by July 31 in order to be accepted. Registrations for Week 2 must be completed by July 17 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, email evelync@montreat.org for an extension.

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. ($100 of this fee is a non-refundable deposit.)

On or before July 17:

  • $430 – clergy only
  • $535 – clergy & non-clergy spouse (Includes $100 spouse track fee. If spouse is not attending spouse track, the registrar will deduct $100 from this rate.)

After July 17:

  • $455 – clergy only
  • $560 – clergy & non-clergy spouse (Includes $100 spouse track fee. If spouse is not attending spouse track, the registrar will deduct $100 from this rate.)

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. Room check-in AFTER 3:00 pm on Sunday. Room check-out BEFORE 11:00 am on Friday.

  • Single Occupancy, Private Bath: $659.75
  • Single Occupancy, Shared Bath: $584.75
  • Double Occupancy*, Private Bath: $794.50 ($397.75 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.


Limited scholarships are available for this conference.

Refund Policy

Registrations and housing cancellations for the Assembly Inn must be received by July 17 in order to receive a refund. The $100 deposit is completely non-refundable. Cancellations received by July 12 will receive a refund of all funds paid, minus the $100 deposit. Cancellations received between July 17 and August 17 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 17.

Contact Us

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

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

Tentative Schedule

3:30-5:30 pm - Registration
5:30-6:30 pm - Supper
6:45-8:30 pm - Plenary and Worship

7:30-8:30 am - Breakfast
8:30 am-12:00 noon - Plenary
12:00-1:00 pm - Lunch
1:30-5:00 pm - Plenary
5:30-6:30 pm - Supper
7:00-8:30 pm - Plenary

7:30-8:30 am - Breakfast
8:30 am-12:00 noon - Plenary
12:00-1:00 pm - Lunch
1:15-5:00 pm - Plenary
5:30-6:30 pm - Supper
7:00 pm - PCUSA Board of Pensions presentation

7:30-8:30 am - Breakfast
8:30 am-12:00 noon - Plenary
12:00-1:00 pm - Lunch
Free afternoon and evening (no dinner served)

7:30-8:30 am - Breakfast
8:30 am-12:00 noon - Plenary
12:00-1:00 pm - Lunch
1:30-5:00 pm -Plenary
5:30-6:30 pm - Supper
7:00-9:00 pm - Plenary

7:30-8:30 am - Breakfast
9:00-11:00 am - Plenary and Closing Worship

Child care is not provided during this seminar

Check-in/Check-out for Housing
  • Housing Check-in: Sunday, August 30, 2020 AFTER 3:00 pm
  • Housing Check-out: Friday, September 4, 2020 BEFORE 11:00 am
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NOTICE: In accordance with North Carolina Governor Cooper's executive order, all Montreat Conference Center recreation facilities will be closed to the public until Wednesday, April 29, 2020. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • all Montreat Trails
  • Robert Lake Park and park pavilion
  • Welch Field
  • Moore Center Field
  • Dowd Green
  • Patricia Cornwell Tennis Center
Please note that there are NO public restrooms open in Montreat at this time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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