The Art of Transitional Ministry

August 28–September 2, 2022AdultContinuing Education
Sponsored by Montreat Conference Center, in cooperation with the Transitional Ministry Education Consortium.
Registration for the Art of Transitional Ministry is now closed.

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.

Looking for the virtual seminar? Find it here.


Registration and Accommodations

Registration Procedure

Each seminar has limited enrollment. Please register early. Registrations for Week 1 must be postmarked by July 30 in order to be accepted. Registrations for Week 2 must be postmarked on or before July 16 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 828.419.9810.

Seminar Fee

Rates below include conference fee as well as 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 16 After July 16
In Person Seminar $430
(clergy only)
(clergy and non-clergy spouse)
(clergy only)
(clergy and non-clergy spouse)
Online Participation $450
(clergy only)
(clergy only)
Clergy couples desiring to participate must register individually.

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

Check in After 3:00 pm, 8/28
Check out Before 11:00 am, 9/2
Single Occupancy
(Private Bath)
Double Occupancy*
(Private Bath)
$847.00 total
* 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 occpancy 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 16 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 16 will receive a refund of all funds paid, minus the $100 deposit. Cancellations received between July 16 and August 12 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 12.

Check-in/Check-out for Housing
Check in After 3:00 pm, 8/28
Check out Before 11:00 am, 9/2
Contact Us

Questions about the seminar?
Email Tracy Taylor Bailey at tracyb@montreat.org or call 828.419.9810.

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

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

Note: the spouse track will only be offered to on-site participants.

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.


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

11:30 am - Lunch & Goodbyes

Child care is not provided during this seminar

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