Transitional Ministry Training is a joint venture of the trainers and Amigo Centre, in consultation with Mennonite Church USA and the four Great Lakes area conferences.
Registration requires a letter of recommendation for training from a conference minister, and the completion of a two hour interview prior to the training event. The individually arranged interview attempts to determine the extent to which the candidate has specific characteristics which will contribute to effectiveness as a transitional minister. The intended outcome is greater self-understanding regarding the nature and demands of transitional ministry. Interview results help to establish learning goals for the event, and future professional development.
Participants are encouraged to prepare by reading one of four recommended books. A list will accompany registration confirmation.
In-depth instruction in the developmental and process tasks of transitional ministry is integrated with critical incident case study triads, and role playing. Extensive resources for transitional ministry are provided.
Curriculum includes: - Unique dynamics of Transitional Ministry - Assessing fit for Transitional Ministry - Transitional Minister Tasks: Enter the System Analyze congregation as an emotional system Focus and Assume responsibility Stay connected with judicatory Exit and Evaluate - Congregational Tasks: Review Heritage Clarify Identity, establish vision Evaluate leadership structure in light of vision Clarify external connections Prepare for new leadership
Registration is $750, and includes:
the pre-training interview and written response;
27 hours of training
Six meals, plus continental breakfasts and three nights lodging (if desired) at Amigo Centre.
Three hours of post-training coaching, to be used at the participant’s discretion
begins at 1pm on Monday and concludes at 12pm on Thursday
Conference Ministers and other conference staff members may audit the training for $500, which includes similar hospitality arrangements.