The Art of Transitional Ministry Part 2

The Art of Transitional Ministry Part 2 educates pastors to think about change from a leadership perspective as we seek to guide systems from where they are to God's promised future. How do I lead a congregation through change effectively? How do I analyze the ministry context in which I find myself? How do I navigate through complex systems and conflict? How do the challenges and celebrations of leading through transition affect my sense of call?

This class meets for 7 weeks from 11:00-2:30 pm EST, beginning October 7, 2023 and ending November 14, 2023. 
 CEU Certified Instructor 

Nolting Carter 

 CEU Certified Instructor 

Paul Rhebergen

 CEU Certified Instructor

Bart Edwards

Course Format

Synchronous Online Course

Course Duration

7 weeks,
30 hrs + prep

Course Price

$550 USD

What's included?

  • 7 Online Sessions
  • 4 CEU Credits
  • 1 Cohort Group of support, encouragement and community
  • 1 Coaching Session
  • Resources for your continued journey

Leading in Transition

You will learn how to think about yourself more intentionally as a congregational  leader through change. You will use systems analysis and theory, frameworks for change, and understanding conflict to guide your congregation in making the next most faithful steps towards God's plan for your congregation. 

Denominational Requirements

This course exceeds denominational standards for Interim/Transitional Ministry Education and awards 4 CEUs to students seeking Continuing Education credits. 

About this Course

This 7 week synchronous class beginning on Thursday, October 5, 2023 will meet for 3 hours each week, plus additional time in a cohort group to share case studies. Cohort group and facilitators will coach through strategies for real, on-the-ground situations. Students will complete the class with a greater understanding of systems, processes of change and with a plan to engage in the next steps of ministry. 

This course was formerly taught at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is a part of the Transitional Ministry Education Consortium's offerings for transitional ministry education. Taking Part 1 with Transitional Ministry Pathways or another TMEC or Interim Ministry Network site within the last five years is a prerequisite for taking this class. 

Transitional Ministry Pathways

Jan Nolting Carter

Co-lead Teacher and Program Leader
Jan approaches Transitional Ministry with a nuanced understanding of systems, training in Healthy Congregations and Mediation, and a curiosity about the intersection between context and living theology. 

Ordained for nearly 28 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, for the last 18 years, Jan has served 8 different congregations in a transitional capacity--large and small, rural and urban, thriving and questioning sustainability. She sees, teaches and coaches through the lens of a woman in leadership and attentive to the particular experiences of women. Informed by her early work bringing ethnography to the classroom, Jan has worked with Paul and a team to curate a learning experience that is sensitive to adult learners and our yearning to grow in community. 

Jan holds degrees from Duke University (AB), the University of Pennsylvania (MSEd), McCormick Theological Seminary (Mdiv) and Columbia Theological Seminary (DMin). 

Paul Rhebergen

Co-lead Teacher and Program Leader
Paul serves as the unofficial dean of Transitional Ministry Education. With thirty-five years of experience interim and transitional ministry and over 45 years of ordained ministry in the Presbyterian Church USA. 

Paul has served 13 different churches and has been a part of the evolution of thinking about leading change in congregations. Filled with a knowledge of history, Paul approaches teaching transitional ministry with a learner's heart and a questioning soul.

Paul is well versed in Systems and change theory. Paul is a conflict expert, experienced as a trained mediator, a Healthy Congregations Facilitator and a continuous learner in understanding of working with complex systems in the midst of conflict. 

Paul holds degrees from Lafayette College and Andover-Newton Theological Seminary. 

Bart W. Edwards

Co-lead Teacher 
Bart's gifts to transitional ministry are connected to his 20 years of experience in the corporate world through manufacturing management and total quality assurance training in both large 
and small corporations. As a second-career pastor, he has been an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA for 18 years and has served three churches in the mid-Atlantic states. Bart's keen interest is in applying systems theory to the areas of work and church and looking at how the relationships within the two areas co-exist. For Bart, it is within our work life and church life that we can find purpose and fulfillment. As a facilitator and leader, Bart has guided several churches through the Healthy Congregations program. After completing the Transitional Ministry program, Bart was asked to join the Transitional Ministry teaching team.
Bart holds degrees from the University of Arkansas (BA-History) and Columbia Theological Seminary (MDiv). He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Mount Olive College (New Testament) and is a certified Healthy Congregations Facilitator.