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1013 8th Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98104
United States


The mission of Seattle Presbytery is to participate, in word and deed, in God’s transforming work through the Gospel of Jesus Christ: †by strengthening the witness and mission of our congregations and members and by building strong partnerships with each other and the larger Christian community.

10/7-10: Transitional Ministry Workshop @ Menucha


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10/7-10: Transitional Ministry Workshop @ Menucha

  • Menucha Retreat & Conference Center 38711 Historic Columbia River Highway Corbett, OR, 97019 United States (map)

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.

Whether you are an Interim, Installed, or Stated Supply pastor, through these workshops you will gain skills and practical wisdom to effectively lead a church to change, renew and grow.

*This Workshop qualifies as Interim Ministry Training. Both Week 1 and Week 2 curricula will be offered simultaneously.  If you have had Week 1 training in the past (within the last 3 years), register for Week 2.  If this is your first step toward Transitional Ministry Training, register for Week 1.

Workshop Facilitators:  Scott Lumsden, Heidi Husted Armstrong and Eliana Maxim

Learn more and register online.


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

Creating a Healthier Church: Family Systems, Leadership and Congregational Life by Ronald Richardson (links to


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

Becoming a Healthier Pastor by Ronald Richardson (links to

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).

Earlier Event: September 28
9/28: Mental Health Forum & Vashon PC
Later Event: October 13
10/13: Danielle Merseles Ordination