The Art of Transitional Ministry
(Also known as Interim Ministry Training)
Leading a congregation and faith community through transition is both challenging and rewarding. Whether it is a change in leadership or a changing neighborhood, 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. Leaders and participants come from several mainline traditions, which creates rich opportunities for additional learning.
The Art of Transitional Ministry Program is broken down into two week-long courses of study. We are offering Week I this fall.
The basic education course is designed for pastors and congregational leaders who are serving or are considering serving in congregations that are in the midst of transition; yet, it is valuable continuing education for all faith leaders as we are all in the midst of change within our culture and world. This intensive 30-hour course provides basic understandings for consciously leading congregations through changes in context, identity, and leadership. Week I is appropriate for any short-term transitional ministry leader, including interim and designated pastors, as well as installed/appointed pastors serving congregations in the midst of change. It is also appropriate for clergy and laity serving in denominational bodies that need to understand congregations in transition. Additionally, personnel representatives and Presbyterian Church (USA) Committee on Ministry members are especially urged to take this opportunity to become familiar with the concerns of pastors serving in temporary roles (interim, designated and traditional ministries).
This education is offered by the Transitional Ministry Education Consortium, a 20-year old group dedicated to offering up-to-date educational ministry for the PCUSA and other mainline denominations.
The Reverend Renée Rico confesses to be both excited and challenged by the opportunities of ministry in these times in the church. Renée began her “accidental intentional interim” ministry career straight out of seminary, serving in churches across the West as interim solo, head of staff and associate pastor positions, as well as in a couple of United Methodist congregations. Now in her 9th interim position, she currently serves as Transitional Pastor at San Jose First United Methodist Church. She has served on and led faculty teams for education events on The Art of Transitional Ministry for the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 2002.
Outside of church, Renée has many interests, including a love of Mexican food, knitting (she teaches and designs her own line of patterns) and spinning, and is a certified aquatics fitness instructor. Her two cats, Izzie and Brandy, are her companions at home.
Rev. Kevin Buchanan
Kevin has been ordained since 1980 and began as a consultant for youth ministry for the Presbytery of South Florida and served two congregations as youth minister. From there, he served as solo pastor in Missouri, Oregon and California, and as an associate pastor in Missouri. When he married Astrid in 2002, he served in transitional ministry at congregations in San Leandro, San Rafael, Windsor, Turlock and San Anselmo, California. He served in long term transitional ministry (otherwise known as installed) in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Kevin currently is serving as the transitional pastor at Central Presbyterian Church in Terre Haute, Indiana.
The Art of Transitional Ministry Cost & Housing
Conference participants will be housed in Pheasant Run hotel rooms. Rooms are large, each with one or two queen beds and a full bath. Costs include housing for 4 nights, 12 meals and tuition (which covers meeting spaces, supplies and course/instructor fees.)
Single Occupancy: $1278
Double Occupancy: $1028
Commuter Rate: $735 (includes lunch and dinner during the conference, plus tuition; does not include housing)
Non-participating Spouse: $408 (includes housing for 4 nights, plus 12 meals)
For help with or questions about registration, contact the Registrar at
email@example.com or 800-460-4401 x 246.
A $75.00 deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 60 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 60 days full payment is required at the time of registration. Full refund less $75.00 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 30 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 30 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.
Arrival and Departure
Conference registration begins at 4 p.m. Monday, October 15. Dinner is served from 5:30-7 p.m. The opening plenary will be at 7:00 p.m. Conference ends Friday, October 19, following worship.
What to Bring
Bring a Bible, notebook, flashlight, hair dryer, rain gear. Linens are provided. Bring shoes suitable for Mo-Ranch’s rocky, uneven terrain.
Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2-hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event.
If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport.