Leading a congregation in adapting to new realities requires more than just the skills of a good pastor. It takes courage, faith, awareness, knowledge, and a good strategy to guide people through the rough waters of change.
Through these workshops, you will gain the effective skills and practical wisdom to effectively lead a church to change, renew and grow.
*Both Week 1 and Week 2 trainings will be offered simultaneously. If you have had Week 1 training in the past, register for Week 2. If this is your first step toward Transitional Ministry Training, register for Week 1.
Week I: ENGAGE
Leadership is about teamwork, but good leadership starts with you. This four day seminar will empower you to identify and lead (or be a part of a team leading) meaningful, transformational change in any church context. Learn the basics of congregational dynamics, church systems, effective conflict resolution, power dynamics, and simple strategies for leading change in congregations. Grow as well in your awareness of yourself as a church leader, a person of faith, and gain insights into your strengths and weaknesses as a transitional leader.
Required Reading: Changing the Conversation: a third way for congregations by Anthony Robinson (links to Amazon.com)
Creating a Healthier Church: Family Systems, Leadership and Congregational Life by Ronald Richardson (links to Amazon.com)
Week II: EQUIP
Once engaged in an intentional transition (Week I), transformational leaders need to be equipped to continue to lead through the rough waters of change. This second four day seminar further develops the tools of identifying the necessary change, establishing the strategies for change, recruiting a leadership team, dealing with congregational conflict, and sustaining a new culture around renewed identity.
Required Reading: The Hidden Lives of Congregations: Discerning Church Dynamics by Israel Galindo (links to Amazon.com)
Becoming a Healthier Pastor by Ronald Richardson (links to Amazon.com)
All Week 2 participants are required to complete the Ministry Learning Opportunity assignment before they arrive.
Member of the Interim Ministry Consortium of the PC(USA).
Frequently Asked Questions about the Transitional Ministry Workshop
These are frequently asked questions about our workshops. If you have further questions about Menucha, call Lori Nance, Menucha Program Director, at 503-695-2243. For content specific questions, please refer to our Lead Facilitator’s training website, TMWorkshops.org. Or, for specific questions about content of each segment of training, please contact our lead facilitator, Scott Lumsden, Executive Presbyter of Seattle Presbytery directly at: 206-569-8510 or scott[at]seapres.org.
Q. Is this the same as Interim Ministry Training?
A. It’s close, but not the same thing. Interim Ministry Training has been changing and adapting to our new cultural context for a while now. This particular training is designed to be more up-to-date with the current context — addressing the fact that every church is in some sort of transition or another.
Q. Will I still “get credit” for taking Interim Ministry?
Q. So what’s different about this particular Transitional Ministry Training offering?
A. Though covering many of the same topics, this offering is designed to be more immediately applicable to your current context. It addresses not just the “interim” ministry context, but many other contexts where congregational change is needed — for example, after a long period of stagnancy, as a part of an intentional revisioning process, as a result of congregational conflict, or within the context of reestablishing a new vision and mission for ministry.
Q. Who is leading these seminars? What are their credentials?
A. The Reverend Scott Lumsden serves as a pastor to more than 50 congregations and their pastors and elders in his role as Executive Presbyter of Seattle Presbytery. He has also served in a number of interim pastoral roles and taught Interim Pastor Training at Palisades Retreat Center (Seattle) and Princeton Theological Seminary. Scott’s ministry emphases are in the areas congregational leadership, congregational renewal, transitions, and conflict resolution. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Literature from Azusa Pacific University and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. His studies focused in the area Old & New Testament and theology.
Scott’s passions in life revolve around his family, spouse Sharon and daughters Sophia and Cosette, who all enjoy camping, walking/hiking, reading together, and eating Scott’s cookies. In Scott’s spare time he’s usually perfecting his recipes for his “cookie dreams.”
The Reverend Heidi Husted Armstrong is an ordained pastor with the Presbyterian Church (USA), and has ministered in West Coast churches for more than two decades. Beginning in 1995, Heidi served as senior pastor for 10 years at the 1,200-member Columbia Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, Washington. With Heidi at Columbia Presbyterian’s helm, the church became the largest Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation west of the Rockies with a female senior pastor. In 2004, Columbia Presbyterian was listed in USA Today’s “Ten Great Places to Hear the Christmas Gospel.” Heidi also served as associate pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in San Carlos, California, from 1991 to 1995, and as associate pastor at Bidwell Memorial Presbyterian Church in Chico, California, from 1983 to 1990.
Widely recognized as a gifted communicator, Heidi preached at the 2003 Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly, is a published writer, and has served as a retreat speaker and music leader throughout her ministry career. Heidi holds a master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry degree in preaching from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Her passions are to connect scripture’s ancient texts in practical ways to modern life, inspire Christians to live the gospel in word and deed, and help diverse communities of faith strive for unity in Christ.
Heidi recently completed a term of service as Christian impact director for World Vision U.S., where she was responsible for nurturing spiritual development among staff members.
The Reverend Eliana Maxim is an ordained PC(USA) pastor, currently serving as the Associate Executive Presbyter of Seattle Presbytery. She served for 14 years at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church in Washington working with children and family ministries, then left in 2010 to take her current call at the Presbytery of Seattle as Associate Executive Presbyter.
Q. What are people saying about this training?
A. We’ve had lots of positive feedback. Here’s one of our favorites:
“I had a great experience at Transitional Ministry Workshop’s Week 1 training. The content, community, and creation around us faithfully coaxed me to open up my mind, body, and spirit to the possibilities of ministry and congregational life.Very much looking forward to heading to Menucha again for Week 2 in 2017!”
– Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow, Moderator of the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
2018 costs will be posted soon.
Scott Lumsden is an ordained PC(USA) pastor who currently serves as Executive Presbyter for Seattle Presbytery and is deeply engaged in congregational transformation as a part of his ministry to the 50 congregations there.
Scott has served in a number of interim pastoral roles and taught Interim Pastor Training at Palisades Retreat Center (Seattle) and Princeton Theological Seminary. Scott’s ministry emphases are in the areas congregational leadership congregational renewal, transitions, and conflict resolution.
Heidi Husted Armstrong is currently serving as Transitional Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Seattle. With 20+ years experience in pastoral work in many different roles.
Beginning in 1995, Heidi served as senior pastor for 10 years at the 1,200-member Columbia Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, Washington, which became the largest Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation west of the Rockies with a female senior pastor. Heidi also served as associate pastor at churches in San Carlos and Chico, California.
Widely recognized as a gifted communicator, Heidi preached at the 2003 Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly, is a published writer, and has served as a retreat speaker and music leader throughout her ministry career.
Eliana Maxim is an ordained PC(USA) pastor, currently serving as the Associate Executive Presbyter of Seattle Presbytery. She served for 14 years at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church in Washington working with children and family ministries, then left in 2010 to take her current call at the Presbytery of Seattle as Associate Executive Presbyter. Eliana’s area of ministry is primarily concentrated in immigrant and intercultural congregations, new church developments, missional initiatives and church revitalization.
She has attended the national White Privilege conference, led workshops on immigration rights and reforms, diversity and anti-racism in church and presbytery settings. Eliana has served on the General Assembly’s Committee for the adoption of the
Belhar Confession, the Presbyterian Multicultural Network, the Church-wide Conversation on Race and Racism and special immigration consultations for the Presbyterian Church (USA).
She is currently serving as moderator of the General Assembly’s Presbyterian Mission Agency Review Committee, and vice-moderator of the Latino/Hispanic Caucus.
This is an example schedule from the 2017 event. 2018 will be posted soon.
Monday, February 13, 2017 (4 Contact Hours)
|3:00 pm||Arrival and Check-in at Wright Hall|
|4:00 pm||Week 1 & 2: Welcome and Orientation (Wright Hall)|
|7:00 pm||Week 1 & 2: What is Your Inspiration? (Wright Hall)|
|8:30 pm||Closing Prayer and Fellowship (Wright Hall)|
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 (10 Contact Hours)
|9:00-10:30 am||Week 1: New Neighborhood (Wright Hall)
Week 2: The Big Picture: The View from the Balcony (Creevey Commons)
|10:45 am||Week 1: My Story: Surprised by Change (Wright Hall)
Week 2: Charting a Course (Creevey Commons)
|1:00-3:00 pm||Week 1 & 2: Insight. Action. Progress. (Wright Hall)|
|4:00-6:00 pm||Week 1: Ending Well: Setting Sun or Setting Sails? (Wright Hall)
Week 2: Ministry Learning Opportunities (Creevey Commons)
|7:00 pm||TMWorkshops @ World Cafe (Wright Hall)|
|9:00 pm||Closing Prayer & Fellowship (Wright Hall)|
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (10 Contact Hours)
|9:00-10:30 am||Week 1: Emotional Intelligence (Wright Hall)
Week 2: The Leader in Transition (Creevey Commons)
|10:45 am||Week 1: Preaching & Communicating Change (Wright Hall)
Week 2: Ministry Learning Opportunities (Creevey Commons)
|1:00-2:30 pm||Week 1 & 2: Learning the System & Leading Change (Wright Hall)|
|3:00-4:30 pm||Week 1: Thinking Systems: Case Studies (Wright Hall)
Week 2: Ministry Learning Opportunities (Creevey Commons)
|4:30-6:00 pm||Rest & Renewal: unstructured time -no programming|
|7:00 pm||Community Building -Free Evening -no programming|
Thursday, February 16, 2017 (6 Contact Hours)
|9:00-10:30 am||Week 1: Navigating Conflict (Wright Hall)
Week 2: Presbyteries & Partnerships or MLOs (Creevey Commons)
|10:45-11:45 am||Week 1: What I Thought I Knew, What I’m Now Learning (Wright Hall)
Week 2: Conflict Engagement: The Right Conflict (Creevey Commons)
|1:00-2:30 pm||Week 1 & 2: Finances of Transitional Ministry: Money, Budgets, and Staffing (Wright Hall)|
|3:00-4:00 pm||Evaluations & Ending Well|
|Late departure arrangements check out Friday, February 17 by 10 am|