(Virtual) The Art of Transitional Ministry…Week One Only

September 12–October 10, 2022AdultContinuing EducationVirtual
Sponsored by Montreat Conference Center, in cooperation with the Transitional Ministry Consortium.
Registration for this event is now closed.

If traveling to Montreat is not the best fit for you right now, you can still experience the Art of Transitional Ministry, Week One, from the comfort of your own home (or office). Participants will follow a slightly modified schedule from the participants who are in residence and will be required to do more advance preparation for the event. One or more faculty members from the team will be online with the participants to help field questions and support the conversations (or break-out rooms). We ask that you to consider this option if you have not been fully vaccinated, or if there are other reasons that travel and housing/meals with those outside of your immediate family are of concern.

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 to register for the in-person Art of Transitional Ministry seminar? Visit the page here.



Registration Procedure

Registrations must be submitted by August 12 in order to be accepted. These dates are required because of advance reading and other work which must be completed 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
On or Before August 8 After August 8
Online Participation $450 $475
Clergy couples desiring to participate must register individually.
Refund Policy

Registrations cancellations must be received by August 12 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 August 12 will receive a refund of all funds paid, minus the $100 deposit. Cancellations received between August 12 and September 11 will receive a 50% refund of conference fees, minus a $40 service charge. No refunds will be issued after September 11.

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


When will the event be held?

Mondays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., September 12 through October 10 (five consecutive weeks).  Plan to bring your lunch and eat with the group during the lunch break/social time.

In what time zone will the meeting be?

The webinar times will be noted in Eastern Time.

What is the cost for Virtual Participation?

The Virtual conference will cost $450 on or before August 8 and $475 after August 8.

After I register, how will I access the platform?

As we get closer to the start of the event, an email will be sent to all virtual participants. Included in that email will be instructions to join the Zoom Webinar on the days of the event. We will also send two reminder emails prior to the webinar. Those emails will include the Zoom log-in credentials as well.

What online meeting platform is being used for the webinar?

All sessions will be held online via Zoom Webinar. We will send you a Zoom link for all gatherings of face-to-face time on Mondays, and a link to the class portal where we provide assigned video and documents for you to view over the period of the course. We will cultivate community in small groups.

What am I committing to? 

The Transitional Ministry Basic Education program is designed to the meet the guidelines of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This program includes weekly contact hours via Zoom and weekly preparation time.  We expect participants to:

  • attend all scheduled sessions,
  • complete the assigned work in preparation for the class, and
  • finish work assigned during the five weeks.

Please note that you will not be able to carry on a normal work schedule on Mondays during the five weeks of the course.  Arrangements should be made in advance for coverage of pastoral responsibilities. If Monday is typically your Sabbath day, we encourage you to plan for another day during these five weeks.  Attendance for all contact hours is necessary to receive a certificate of completion.

We recommend you give yourself personal gathering time prior to class and time for reflection after class. Three hours on Zoom often makes us tired, and we want you to make space for reflective self-care.

Technical Concerns

You can read about Zoom, its requirements, and how to download it prior to the webinar on the Zoom webpage. Once downloaded, you are able to test the Zoom application to ensure that it works properly on your device. The recommended browser for Zoom is Google Chrome or Firefox. If you are already a Zoom user, as a best practice, visit Zoom and click the download button prior to the webinar to update to the most current version of Zoom.

I am having technical issues with Zoom and I cannot join the webinar – what do I do?

If you experience any technical issues prior to or during the webinar, please email tracyb@montreat.org.

Can I connect from a mobile device?

The platform is accessible on a mobile device and formatted to that experience. The experience on a mobile device will look slightly different than the experience on a computer.

My video streaming is slow and I'm experiencing a bad connection - what can I do?

In general, if you’re connecting over wireless Internet and experiencing a poor video connection, constant rebuffering, or other issues during video playback, try the following:

  • Disconnect from any networks and close out of all other applications on your computer.
  • Move your wireless router to a more central location of your home or to an elevated surface or move your computer closer to the router.
  • Use a hardline Internet connection if available.

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