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, dig deeper and thrive. The Art of Transitional Ministry retreat 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 both Week 1 and Week 2 this fall.
Week 1: Introduction to Transitional Ministry
This course is for individuals who are considering ministry in temporary settings (as an interim, transitional or designated pastor) or are experiencing ministry in these transitional times. Materials presented will include the basics of transitional ministry and will be of value to all congregational pastors regardless of ministry setting. This intensive 30-hour course provides basic understandings for consciously leading congregations through changes in context, identity and leadership. Week 1 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, church personnel 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).
Week 2: The Practice of Transitional Ministry
This course is the second part of the transitional ministry education sequence and is tailored for those who want to go deeper, and who may already be serving in a temporary position. Prerequisites: 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.
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.
Questions? We’re happy to help! Contact us at 1.800.460.4401 ext. 246 or email@example.com.
Rev. Renée Rico is 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 in interim solo, head of staff and associate pastor positions. She has also served in a variety of positions for various United Methodist Church congregations. Now, in her ninth 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.
Cost and Housing
Single occupancy room: $1260
Double occupancy room: $1010
Spouse rate: $155
Commuter rate: $715 (does not include lodging; includes conference tuition plus lunches & dinners)
A $75.00 deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 45 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 45 days full payment is required at the time of registration.
Full refund minus $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.
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.