Interim and Transitional Ministry Week One - in New York City
A one-week program sponsored by Princeton Theological Seminary and the Synod of the Northeast
March 12-16, 2012 (Mon-Fri) 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Offered on the campus of Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway at 121st Street
New York, NY 10027
Overview and Introduction
The interim pastor is recognized as a specialized position in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Presbyteries increasingly encourage sessions to call an interim while the congregation is in transition between installed pastors, a time that may vary in length from one to three years. Pastors come to interim ministry from varied backgrounds; some are new graduates from seminary, others are at mid-career, and many are retired ministers who wish to continue in service.
In partnership with the Synod of the Northeast (PCUSA), the School of Christian Vocation and Mission at Princeton Theological Seminary is pleased to offer Week One of Interim and Transitional Ministry in New York City. Ecumenical participation is welcomed and encouraged. The curriculum has been standardized and approved by the Presbyterian Interim Ministry Consortium, which coordinates events at regional sites across the country.
This course is designed to provide the basic skills for ministers who have just begun their interim ministry, or who are looking to explore more the transitional nature of ministry in the church. It is also an introduction to interim ministry for ministers contemplating this form of service as a future calling.
- explore the unique dynamics of congregations in transition,
- the work of the intentional interim pastor as leaders in times of transition,
- biblical foundations for interim ministry, and
- judicatory relationships.
Those attending should be ordained ministers or individuals with judicatory responsibilities related to interim ministry.
The 2012 NYC Welcome Pack is available for download and review by clicking here. This includes the program schedule and program requirements.
This is a very full program, that will daily go from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To receive your certificate of completion, full attendance and participation is required.
Susan McGhee, Presbyter for Common Life for the Presbytery of Ohio Valley, is in her twenty-fourth year of ordained ministry through various positions in the church, including associate pastor, solo pastor, and interim pastor, in addition to her current administrative ministry. Through her service in three denominations and multiple states, she bring a varied and diverse perspective to this teaching ministry.
Gavin Meek is also in his twenty-fourth year of ordained ministry, and has served on the faculty of the Interim Ministry Consortium for the past five years. While starting his ministry as an installed pastor, Gavin has served as an Interim Pastor the past fourteen years in pastor, program and corporate size churches in Louisville, KY; Bloomington, IN; Morgantown, WV; Greensboro, NC; and Charlottesville, VA. All were exciting and challenging in their own way, several having experienced significant conflict. Gavin has all levels of interim training as well as training and experience in the areas of personnel management, conflict, change, strategic planning and systems theory. Now married and relocated to the NYC area, he loves to travel (48 states, 37 countries), all things Scottish as well as good food and wine with friends.
The cost for the program is only US$300. This registration cost has been intentionally kept low by subsidies from Princeton Theological Seminary and the Synod of the Northeast. These registration costs are kept as low as possible, given the higher than normal meal and lodging costs that participants will also incur. The enrollment will be capped at 30 participants to ensure a meaningful program.
When available, suggested lodging information will be available here. It is anticipated that lodging will be approximately US$125 per night.
All participants: Please read the Registration and Cancellation Policy.
There is also pre-reading, outlined in the 2012 NYC Welcome Pack, that needs to be completed before the program begins.
Ministers of the Word and Sacrament (PCUSA) are encouraged (though not required) to present written approval prior to attending this program. Sample approval language would include an attestation the participant is a 'member in good standing' and may be endorsed by the Executive Presbyter, Stated Clerk, or Committee on Ministry Chair. This attestation may be physically or electronically mailed. Registration is limited to the thirty participants.
Ecumenical participation is encouraged.
The 2011 Week One Welcome Pack is available for download and review by clicking here.
Registration for this event is $300. Meals and lodging will be an additional expense, arranged and paid by the participant.
Please read the Registration and Cancellation Policy and then click here to register.
Additional questions may be asked by telephone at 609.497.7990 or by e-mail at email@example.com.