Claiming Pentecost: New Beginnings in a Post-Pandemic Church 

A Week 2 Transitional Ministry Offering



Every Thursday, 9:00-11:45 a.m. ET beginning Oct. 8, 2020, through Nov. 12, 2020 (Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 5, and 12, 2020)


On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit breathed on the disciples. With breath came new life. Sons and daughters offered prophecy, young men came to see visions, old men dreamed dreams. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new and different kind of life to the church, forcing us to adapt quickly. In our time together, we will reflect theologically, pastorally, and systemically on where the winds of change are taking us, practices and realities of transition, and what it means to be a pastor in the midst of the breath of change. 

Invited participants

Those who have completed Week 1 or Week 2 of "The Art of Transitional Ministry" at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary or at other TMEC or IMN sites. This program will satisfy the Week 2 training in Transitional Ministry.


Six weeks of classes; one day a week from 9:00-11:45 a.m. 

Schedule for Synchronous Class Time
Time Session
9:00-9:50 a.m. Theme of the Day, Content, and Conversation
9:50-10:00 a.m. Break
10:00-11:00 a.m. Leadership Learning Conversations (LLCs)
11:00-11:15 a.m. Tying it Together
11:15-11:45 a.m. Reflection on our time together/Fellowship

LLCs are due before the class starts Oct. 1, 2020. Instructions on this work will be sent by e-mail after registration.

During the first three weeks, we will schedule an additional one hour session each week with your LLC group and facilitator. 

After the first three sessions, we will schedule two individual coaching sessions with each registrant. 

Resource Materials

  • Required reading: Another Way: Living and Leading Change on Purpose by S. Lewis, M.W. Williams, and D.G. Baker. Nashville, Tenn.: Chalice Press, 2020. 
  • Articles provided by instructors; and
  • Video mni-lectures/conversations.


Paul L. Rhebergen

Pau has been serving as the transitional pastor of Ewing Presbyterian Church in New Jersey since October 2017. He has been a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and its northern predecessor since 1977, serving in a variety of church settings that range from small yoked congregations in rural New York to large multiple-staff settings in suburban and metropolitan areas. For the past 28 years he has served as an intentional interim/transitional pastor in 12 different congregations, in seven different presbyteries in the northeast and the Chicago area. Paul is a transitional pastor both because of his understanding of his call to ministry, and the PC(USA)'s church structure and governance. In his ministry he seeks to witness to the presence and power of the grace of God, revealed in Jesus Christ, and through the Holy Spirit, continually at work in our lives as individuals, as communities of faith, living in the midst of our times. Paul is a graduate of Lafayette College (as are his wife and two of his three daughters) and of Andover Newton Theological School. He enjoys walking through the woods, gazing upon the stars, reading good mysteries, and asking questions.

Jan Nolting Carter

Jan has been the transitional pastor and head of staff at Church of the Pilgrim in Washington, D.C. since August 2017. Prior to that, she served five congregations in the Carlisle Presbytery in transitional capacities. Before serving in Pennsylvania, she was associate pastor of a congregation in Kansas. Jan holds degrees from Duke University (AB), University of Pennsylvania (MSEd), McCormick Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Columbia Theological Seminary (DMin). Ordained for 24 years, Jan loves the intersection between worship, developing community, and developing grass roots change in systems. Jan shares training in mediation, Healthy Congregations, and leadership coaching. She serves on the faculty of the Transitional Ministry Education Consortium (TMEC) and teaches The Art of Transitional Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Jan lives in Washington, D.C. with her son, Seth; daughter, Sarah; and her dad, Lee; and the family's dog, Jackson, and cat, Grayson. For fun, Jan enjoys biking, gardening, cooking, photography, and exploring. 


Fee: $300




This class will be offered fully online with both synchronous (everyone online at the same time) and asynchronous (online material available for review at your convenience) sessions. Details about accessing the classroom platform will be provided by U.S. mail to the address used when you registered. Assignments and communications to the group and/or instructor(s) will be part of the classroom platform. These materials will be sent approximately 1.5 weeks before the Oct. 1 start date. You will also receive a welcome e-mail from the instructors before you have your online access materials.

CEs or CEUs

If you wish to obtain a credit certificate for this class, please send an e-mail to All certificates will be approved by the instructors depending upon the individual's participation. If you fully participate, you will receive a certificate of completion for the class that is not connected to CE/CEUs. 


E-mail or call 412-924-1345.