Transitional Ministry Training (TMT) at Camp Mennoscah, Murdock, Kansas
October 21-23, 2019
Transitional ministry has a unique place in the mission of the church. While "interim pastors" have provided preaching and pastoral care between pastors for many years, "transitional ministry" involves training to lead congregations through a process of preparation for entering a new chapter of leadership for a congregation.
Transitional ministry is a specific field within the broad context of pastoral ministry. It requires unique gifts and qualities and specialized training.
It is both possible and expedient to assess general potential for effectiveness in transitional ministry in advance of training.
Transitional ministry skills and methodology will increasingly be recognized as paradigmatic for 21st Century pastoral leadership in all congregations.
We assume candidates enter this training with adequate preparation for pastoral ministry. In general, the trainers believe that transitional ministry is not the best place for initial development of ministry gifts and pastoral identity.
Transitional ministry requires a blending of three resources: left brain (rational thought), right brain (creative process), and Holy Spirit empowerment.
It is likely that many of the students who participate in this training will not be in a transitional assignment when they begin the training. The trainers will be flexible to accommodate a range of situations.
Objectives for the training:
Identify potential candidates for transitional ministry.
Prepare transitional pastors to function with competence and confidence in transitional ministry contexts.
Instill the values of continuing education, support and accountability, which are essential for effectiveness in transitional ministry.
This program integrates classroom and experiential learning.
Self-awareness is an essential component for effective transitional ministry; it is therefore an integral part of this training process.
The student takes initiative in consultation with trainers to shape personal learning goals for the time after the training.