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The Time Between: Interim and Transitional Ministry Weeks One and Two

October 10-14, 2011
Monday 12:30 p.m. through Friday 12:00 p.m.
Erdman Center, Princeton Theological Seminary

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 Weeks One and Two concurrently (that is, separately and at the same time). Ecumenical participation is welcomed and encouraged. The curriculum for both Weeks has been standardized by the Presbyterian Interim Ministry Consortium, which coordinates events at regional sites across the country.

Week One

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.

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. Those attending should be ordained ministers or individuals with judicatory responsibilities related to interim ministry.

The 2011 Week One Welcome Pack is available for download and review by clicking here. This includes the program schedule and program requirements.

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 interim ministry.

The 2011 Week Two Welcome Pack is available for download and review by clicking here. This includes the program schedule and program requirements.

Seminar Leaders

Ray Fancher has thirty four years of experience through various positions in the church; this year he started his sixth transitional/interim ministry setting, previous interims were served at the middle-governing body level in addition to family, pastoral and program-sized congregations. Ray also served congregations in Texas, Iowa, and Kansas for more than twenty years. His ten years experience as executive director for an ecumenical retreat/conference center and more than four years as consultant in the corporate world enriches his interim perspective.

Amy Fowler, in her first sixteen years in ministry, served as pastor in small, medium, and large congregations. She has also worked as governing body staff in Giddings-Lovejoy, Whitewater Valley and Chicago Presbyteries. She comes with experience in leading workshops at various PC(USA) conferences, as well as training events for congregational transformation in several Presbyteries. She is currently serving as the Executive Presbyter of Genessee Valley (NY) and serves on the faculty of the Interim Ministry Consortium.

Bill Lawser, a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is a consultant in congregational transformation with Heartwood LLC. In ordained ministry for over 28 years, Bill has served the local parish as an associate pastor, church educator, and interim pastor. He has also served as presbytery staff in congregational development. A native of Pennsylvania, he has served the church from coast to coast and back again. He currently lives in Illinois and serves on the faculty of the Interim Ministry Consortium.

Renee Ricofaculty leader for this program, is currently serving as the Interim Minister of the Sausalito Presbyterian Church. Ordained to Interim Ministry, she brings a wealth of experience from five different interims. She currently lives in California and  serves on the faculty of the Interim Ministry Consortium. 

Registration Fees

For residents (single occupancy), the fee is $700/person (including program, lodging Monday through Thursday nights, meals Monday dinner through Friday breakfast). Given the intensive nature of the program (three nights until 9pm), staying is residence is recommended.

Note: Payment in full is required to complete registration. To make alternative billing or lodging arrangements, please contact the Erdman Center by telephone at 609-497-7990 or by e-mail at scvm@ptsem.edu.

Registration Requirements

All participants: Please read the Registration and Cancellation Policy. Participation in the entire program is necessary for certification. The schedule runs until 9:00 p.m. on several nights. Participants are strongly encouraged to stay on campus.

Week One

Ministers of the Word and Sacrament (PCUSA) are strongly 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 six participants.

To register, please call 609-497-7990 or click here to register online and pay with a credit card.

The 2011 Week One Welcome Pack is available for download and review by clicking here.

Week Two

Participants must present proof of successful completion of Week One within the previous five years, and be in current service as an interim. There are reading and writing assignments that are to be completed prior to arriving. Registration is limited to a minimum of seven and a maximum of twelve participants.

To register, please call 609-497-7990 or click here to register online and pay with a credit card.

The 2011 Week Two Welcome Pack is available for download and review by clicking here.