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Art of Transitional and Interim Ministry - New York City

Weeks One and Two

March 10-14, 2014 (Mon-Fri) 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Offered at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian
7 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019

Overview and Introduction

The congregational culture is shifting with unprecedented speed and the challenge for pastors and congregations to adapt to these shifts is enormous. Pastors with skills in transitional ministry can greatly improve the congregation’s ability to maneuver through these shifts and re-examine and re-calibrate their ministry focus.

The Synod of the Northeast (PCUSA) and the Office of Continuing Education at Princeton Theological Seminary is pleased to offer Weeks One and Two of Transitional and Interim Ministry Education. This event provides unique instruction, combining conceptual and theoretical paradigms with practical applications in order to equip leaders in their support of congregations in transition.

This course is designed to provide the basic skills for ministers who have just begun their interim ministry, looking to explore more the transitional nature of ministry or contemplating this form of service as a future calling. Ecumenical participation is welcomed and encouraged. The curriculum for both weeks has been standardized by the Presbyterian Interim Ministry Education Consortium, which coordinates events at regional sites across the country.

Week One

This course is designed to provide the basic skills for leaders who have just begun their interim ministry, looking to explore more the transitional nature of ministry or contemplating this form of service as a future calling. Participants will explore the unique dynamics of congregations in transition, the work of the intentional interim pastor as leader in transition time, biblical foundations for interim ministry, and judicatory relationships. Registration is limited to thirty six participants.

Week Two

This advanced program is meant to broaden and build upon the skills acquired and practiced after Week One. Participants will engage in group reflection and learning grounded in the specific practice of transitional/interim ministry. Participants must present proof of successful completion of Week One within the previous five years and be in current service as a transitional/interim pastor. There are extensive reading and writing assignments that are to be completed prior to arrival. Registration is limited to a minimum of seven and a maximum of twelve participants.

Faculty Leaders

Tim JonesTim Jones served 23 years as an installed pastor in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He served as the installed Executive Presbyter of Maumee Valley Presbytery and then Beaver-Butler Presbytery. In 2001 he began doing interim ministry, serving in 3 presbyteries as interim executive; 1 presbytery as interim Associate and another as interim Stated Clerk. He has also served 5 churches as interim pastor/head of staff. Tim finished his latest interim at the end of October 2013 and is presently serving as contract staff for the Synod of Lincoln Trails. He has taught or is presently teaching Transitional-Interim training at six sights.

Libby Rolllins Libby Rollins has been involved in Interim Ministry for 12 years, serving 6 congregations in a variety of positions. She joined the teaching team six years ago and has taught Weeks I and II at Montreat Conference Center, Union Presbyterian Seminary, NYC, and Atlanta, GA. She enjoys working with congregations in times of transition and helping them see the possibilities of what the future can be. (Team Leader)

BarryWilliamsPic edit Barry Williams attended seminary in Austin, TX and has served churches in the suburbs of Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, and then in Salina, Kansas. Presently his home base is Springfield, Missouri and he is serving in his thirteenth church in that region. He is a Certified Interim Ministry Specialist in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and has been part of the PCUSA interim and transitional ministry education faculty since 2000.


This event begins with registration and continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 10, 2014. A welcome and worship will start at 9:00 a.m. It concludes at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 14, 2014. Each day has a full program beginning at 8:30a.m. and concluding at 5:00 p.m.


The cost of this program is $475 and includes program and breakfast/lunch each day. Participants are responsible for securing their own lodging. Discounted rates for lodging can be obtained by mentioning Princeton Seminary at the following locations: Wellington Hotel, 212-247-3900; Landmark Guest Rooms, 212-662-7100; International House, 212-316-8400. Participation in the entire program is necessary for certification.

Please read the Registration and Cancellation Policy before registering.

For Week One, click here to register online.

For Week Two, click here to register online.

Contact Info

Additional questions may be asked by telephone at 609.497.7990 or by e-mail at [email protected].