Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry

The Work of the Leader (FTML)

With over 40  years of ecumenical professional education experience the IMN faculty are a extensively trained and experienced team of practitioners of Intentional Transitional Ministry.

Step One – FTM: The Work of the Leader (FTML)

by | Jun 19, 2012

This four-day, self-contained Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry: The Work of the Leader course introduces theories that are foundational to interim ministry. The class hours are devoted to providing opportunities for experiential learning through the use of case studies and sacred story. The work of the interim leader is presented and discussed along with tools and resources that facilitate the work of the transitional leader.

While this course emphasizes the work of the transition pastor, it is helpful to judicatory and lay leaders to make informed and healthy choices about clergy leadership during times of transition.


The four days focus on:

Foundations of Transitional Ministry. Using General Systems Theory, Bowen Family Systems Theory and William Bridges’ Theory on Change and Transition, attendees explore the unique dynamics of congregations in transition and understand how a congregation as a system responds to loss/changes and begins to explore alternative responses. The day emphasizes importance of differentiation of self for the transition leader and resources to help others understand current relationships.

Tools for the Transitional Leader. Devoted to developing leadership skills that are basic to the practice of transitional ministry, this day explores the value of intentional and thoughtful listening, why power analysis is important in a congregation and the importance of taking care of self as a precursor to knowing and leading a congregation in transition.

The Work of the Transitional Leader. Examine the process that a leader goes through from beginning to end in an interim situation. This Process Task include Joining the System, Analyzing the System, Discerning Responsibility and Establishing Priorities, Connecting the Congregation and the Denomination, and Evaluating and Adjusting to a New Future.

2024 Virtual Zoom Classes

The Tuition for each class is $800.

Tuition includes a 1 year of IMN Membership and the FTML Manual.


  1. Choose the dates of your desired class.
  2. Click on add to cart – You will then be directed to the shopping cart where you will select your payment option.
  3. Cancellations are considered on a case to case basis. Once the Manual links have be sent no refund is available.

All dates, times, locations and/or pricing are subject to change. 

Once registered, participants will receive a confirmation of their registration and instructions on obtaining the manual and Zoom access.
Event Schedules: All events will begin and end in Eastern time.
  • May 14-15 & 21-22, 2024 (9-5 ET)
  • June 25-28, 2024 (12-8 ET)
  • August 6-9, 2024 (10-6 ET)
  • September 17-18 & 24-45, 2024 (11-7 ET)
  • October 7-10, 2024 (10-6 ET)


  • To introduce basic theories that are a foundation to interim ministry,
  • Provide opportunities for experiential learning through the use of case studies and sacred story,
  • Present and discuss the work of the interim leader,
  • To introduce the tools/resources that facilitate the work of the interim leader.

These goals are accomplished by providing information about the impact of the departure of the clergy person on a congregation and to describe healthy attitudes and practices of the Intentional Interim Leader.


  • Senior or associate pastors wanting to gain skills in managing transitions
  • Retired or partially retired pastors wanting to advance skills in change  management
  • Experienced ministers considering a call to the professional specialty of intentional  interim ministry. (Pre-requisite course for interims.)
  • Current interim pastors trained more than five years ago
  • Lay ministers or leaders with management responsibilities
  • Denominational middle management
  • Seminarians interested in change/conflict management specialization 


It is important to prepare prior to attending the course with our REQUIRED READINGS. You are asked to read in advance and bring with you to the event the following materials:  All books can be purchased through the IMN Amazon bookstore. By clicking on any of the book titles you will be connected to the amazon or other publishers.


Choose a date and add to cart. Additional information will be emailed once the order has been processed.

2024 Virtual FTM: Work Of The Leader

May 14-15 & 21-22, 2024 (9-5 ET)
June 25-28, 2024(12-8 ET)
August 6-9, 2024 (10-6 ET)
September 17-18 & 24-45, 2024 (11-7 ET)
October 7-10, 2024 (10-6 ET)