Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

The Art of Transitional Ministry ~ Part 1

Guiding a Congregation Through Change and Transition


The basic education program for Transitional / Interim Ministry explores the unique dynamics of the congregation during a change in pastoral leadership or other significant transition. It equips the Interim Pastor with knowledge, analytical skills, and practical approaches needed to help the congregation use this opportunity as a time for renewal.


The basic education program is designed for persons engaged in transitional / interim ministry, clergy who are considering ministry in transitional settings, and members of Presbytery staffs, Commissions on Ministry, and comparable representatives from other denominations than the PC(USA).


Through this program, the Office of Continuing Education seeks to support the Church with trained leadership, so that judicatories and churches may continue to discover that the interim period can be a "prime time" for the renewal of mission and ministry.


All sessions are held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Limited overnight housing is available on campus. Additional housing is available at local hotels (listings will be provided upon request). To reserve a room on campus, please contact our hospitality office at reception@pts.edu or 412-924-1397. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m.

Schedule and Registration

The Transitional Ministry Basic Education program is designed to the meet the guidelines of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It includes 30 contact hours in each of two week-long sessions offered in morning, afternoon, and evening blocks. Participants are expected to focus fully on this program. Arrangements should be made in advance for coverage of pastoral responsibilities. Attendance for all 30 contact hours is necessary to receive a certificate of completion.

Dates:  Mon., Feb. 29 - Fri., March 4, 2016

Class time: Check-in: Monday, 8:45 a.m., Tuesday and Wednesday:  9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.; Monday and Thursday: 9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. Friday:  9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. A detailed schedule will be distributed on Monday of the class.

Instructors: Brenda Barnes, Paul Rhebergen, and Janet Carter

To Register: Click HERE.    Obtain COM Form HERE.

Registration Fee:  $395 + lodging and meals. Class materials and refreshment breaks will be provided.