The Art of Transitional Ministry - Part 1

Guiding a Congregation Through Change and Transition


This program is cancelled.


March 16, 9:30 a.m.-March 20, 12:00 p.m., 2020



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 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 will be 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). See below for details to reserve a room.

The Transitional Ministry Basic Education program is designed to the meet the guidelines of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This program 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 the program during the full length of the class. 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.


Paul Rhebergen, Transitional Pastor to multiple churches and judicatories, PC(USA)

Jan Nolting Carter, Transitional Pastor to multiple churches and judicatories, PC(USA)


Registration is closed for this event.

Registration Fee

$425 /person. Included in the registration fee are refreshment breaks each day and dinner on two nights. The PTS Dining Hall accepts only debit or credit cards.

Lodging is not included in the registration fee.



You can reserve a private room on the Seminary campus by e-mailing or calling 412-362-5610. Rooms are $66/night. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m.

Advance Preparation

Details about advance preparation for this program will be added soon. Thank you for your patience.


These times are tentative and will be confirmed in January 2020.  Check-in: Monday, 8:30 a.m.; Monday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30 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.

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E-mail or call 412-924-1345.