Guiding a Congregation Through Change and Transition


The basic education program for Transitional Ministry explores the unique dynamics of the congregation during a change in pastoral leadership or other significant transition. It equips the transitional/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).  Participants in Part 2 of the Transitional Ministry Training must 1) be currently serving in a transitional ministry, and 2) have completed Part 1 of basic training.  Please provide a copy of your certificate of completion for Week 1 training with your registration form.


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 or 412-924-1397. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m.  Directions

Schedule / Registration / Advance Preparation

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 the week-long session 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.

Advance preparation is expected from all participants in the Part 2 class. For details about this work, click HERE 

Dates:  Mon., Oct. 17 - Fri., Oct. 21, 2016 CANCELED