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

With 30 years of ecumenical professional education experience the IMN faculty are a extensively trained and experienced team of practitioners of Intentional Interim Ministry.

This three-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 three days are focused 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.

Cost, Class Schedule & Registration

The cost of the workshop is the Tuition + Room/Meals.

The 2019 tuition for each class is $740.00. Tuition includes a 1 year of IMN Membership and the FTML manual.


  • The housing cost is priced for 2 nights stay, Sites have single and double accommodations and 3rd night stay options may be available. IMN cannot guarantee single rooms. 
  • If a Double Room is requested-IMN will assign a like-gender roommate in the order received.  Should a roommate not be available you may incur the Single Room Rate.
  • The commuter cost is priced for 3 days which includes lunch/ breaks, depending on the center Breakfast and Dinner may also be included.
  • For early and/or late stay, special dietary meals and accommodations, Contact the IMN Office 800-235-8414 or DO NOT contact the center.


Most classes begin at approximately 8:00 am with breakfast and registration and concludes at 2:30 pm on the last day.
*The Partnership with General Theological Seminary begins at 9:00 am and concludes at 5:30 each day


  1. Choose a date and location from the 2019 schedule.
  2. Click on either Room and Board or Commuter to make your event selection. Room and Board means you will stay at the venue/site/facility and participate in all meals. Commuter means you will not stay at the venue/site/facility. Fee includes breaks and lunch. IMN cannot guarantee single rooms. 
  3. Click on add to cart – You will then be directed to the shopping cart where you will select your payment option.

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

2019 FTML Class Locations

March 19-21, 2019 - Chicago, Illinois

Cenacle Center
Double R&B - Add $250.00
Single R&B - Add $295.00
Commuter w/ Meals - Add $180.00

May 14-16, 2019 - Linthicum Heights, Maryland

The Conference Center at Maritime Institute
Double R&B - Add $405.00
Single R&B - Add $510.00
Commuter w/ Meals - Add $195.00

June 4-6, 2019 - Ashland, Nebraska

The Swanson Center
Double R&B - Add $235.00
Single R&B - Add $290.00
Commuter w/ Meals - Add $110.00

June 11-13, 2019- West Cornwall, Connecticut

Trinty Retreat Center
Double R&B - Add $150.00
Single R&B - Add $220.00
Commuter w/ Meals - Add $135.00

July 23-25, 2019 - Syracuse, New York

Christ the King Retreat Center
Single R&B - Add $210.00
Commuter w/ Meals - Add $120.00

August 27-29, 2019 - Malvern, Pennsylvania

Malvern Retreat Center
Double R&B - Add $300.00
Single R&B - Add $355.00
Commuter w/ Meals - Add $210.00

September 10-12, 2019 - Paris, ON CANADA

Five Oaks Retreat Center
Single R&B US - Add $265.00
Single R&B CN - Add $325.00
Double R&B US - Add $215.00
Double R&B CN - Add $265.00
Commuter w/ Meals US - Add $140.00
Commuter w/ Meals CN - Add $175.00

October 29-31, 2019 - Richmond, Virginia

Roslyn Conference Center
Double R&B - Add $315.00
Single R&B - Add $330.00
Commuter w/ Meals - Add $185.00

November 5-7, 2019 - Cleveland, Ohio

Raddison Gateway Hotel
Double R&B - Add $400.00
Single R&B - Add $510.00
Commuter w/ Meals - Add $290.00

December 3-5, 2019 - Scottsdale, AZ

Fraciscan Center
Double R&B - Add $250.00
Single R&B - Add $325.00
Commuter w/ Meals - Add $145.00

For 38 years IMN has trained thousands of clergy and lay leaders to assist faith communities in their journey during times of change–especially during clergy transitions. Trained transitional leaders are essential in helping the faith community deepen its mission and faith during those times of change.  With your financial support, IMN can continue to provide education and support for clergy and lay leaders who lead during times of transition. Make your desired contribution below by using the pull down menu. Then add to cart.

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The Goals

  • 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 tolls/resources that facilitate the work of the interim leader.

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

Who Should Attend?

  • 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 


Before Class Begins

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.


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