Art of Transitional Ministry

February 28–March 5, 2021AdultContinuing Education
Sponsored by Montreat Conference Center, in cooperation with the Interim Ministry Consortium
Important Conference Update: This event has been moved from August 2020 to February 28-March 5, 2021. At this point, we will plan for an on-site conference and the additional planning time will also give us a chance to think about a virtual offering and if that is a viable option for this conference. Of course, we will base decisions on conditions and government regulations, as well as the quality of the program. If you cannot attend in the spring, we will offer you a refund. Please contact Susan Akduman by email or by phone at 828.419.9829 with your decision about attending. She can either transfer your registration or process your cancellation.

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 January 29 in order to be accepted. Registrations for Week 2 must be completed by January 15 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 January 14:

  • $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 January 14:

  • $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 January 14 in order to receive a refund. The $100 deposit is completely non-refundable. Cancellations received by January 9 will receive a refund of all funds paid, minus the $100 deposit. Cancellations received between January 14 and February 14 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 February 14.

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, February 28, 2021 AFTER 3:00 pm
  • Housing Check-out: Friday, March 5, 2021 BEFORE 11:00 am

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