The General Theological Seminary Partnership

Partnership IMN FTM: Work of The Leader Class

June 18-20, 2019

Location: The General Theological Seminary
SHERRED Hall classrooms: 1A
New York, New York

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.

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.

Cost, Class Schedule & Registration

Cost is $939.00

Includes the following:

  • FTM Manual
  • IMN One Year Membership
    • Access to Articles on the IMN Website
    • Discounts to other IMN events
  •  The 3 days include lunch/ breaks
  • GTS facility fee.

Classes will begin at 9:00 am and concludes at 5:30 each day


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