Learning To Lead Change

Teaching Skills for the Best Pathway Forward

Whether you are discerning a call to intentional Transitional Ministry or seeking to acquire skills for ministry in constant transition, Transitional Ministry Pathways offers educational opportunities that will grow your capacities for leadership through change. We offer “The Art of Transitional Ministry Parts 1 and 2” through The School of Global Citizenry, a state-of-the-art industry leader in providing continuing education for adult learners.

Our team teaches through lenses of family and congregational systems theory, experience in leading through conflict, and a passion for congregational transformation through visioning. Grounded in the arc of our Biblical story and sound theology, we empower learners to assess, imagine and transform.

With more than 120 years of shared pastoral experience, and more than 30 years of teaching for the Transitional Ministry Consortium of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), our team, led by Jan Nolting Carter and Paul Rhebergen:

  • Understands that all ministry is transitional
  • Offers the lessons built on the foundations of interim ministry
  • Brings the experience of leading change for congregations beyond replacing the pastor
  • Carries a deep appreciation for the role of community context for any congregation

Our training is a part of the Transitional Ministry Education Consortium of the Presbyterian Church USA. We are the former Teaching Team at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, moved to The School for Global Citizenry to provide a better online learning experience. Our classes meet or exceed the denominational requirements for Interim/Transitional Ministry Training. We offer 4 CEUs from a CEU Certified Faculty for the completion of each course, meeting the requirements of some denominations for continuing education.

Learning through Transitional Ministry Pathways expands beyond The Art of Transitional Ministry Parts 1 and 2. The School for Global Citizenry affords us the ability to offer expanded topics through asynchronous classes and synchronous cohorts. Offerings will include:

  • Advanced Art of Transitional Ministry
  • Evaluating and Experiencing the Context
  • Ministry in the Midst of Loss and Trauma
  • Creative Conflict
  • Thinking about Staffs
  • Guiding your congregation through Questions about Sustainability
  • Vocational Discernment
The Art of Transitional Ministry Part 1
The Art of Transitional Ministry Part 1 introduces students to intentional transitional ministry leadership. Once called Interim Ministry, The Art of Transitional Ministry Part 1 introduces students to the Arc of Transitional Ministry– featuring deeper conversations about entering systems, assessing needs, considering history and current context, considering the role of conflict and healthy departing. We start in a place believing all ministry is transitional and that understanding congregational systems theory undergirds the work we do. Our goal is to provide pastors with tools for leading in the midst of transition while providing a supportive and safe learning community for exploration and questioning.

The Art of Transitional Ministry Part 1 begins on Thursday, February 8, 2024 and continues for seven weeks, ending on March 21, 2024. The classes will meet from 10:00-1:30 EST.

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The Art of Transitional Ministry Part 2

The Art of Transitional Ministry Part 2 educates pastors to think about change from a leadership perspective as we seek to guide systems from where they are to God’s promised future. How do I lead a congregation through change effectively? How do I analyze the ministry context in which I find myself? How do I navigate through complex systems and conflict? How do the challenges and celebrations of leading through transition affect my sense of call?

This course was formerly taught at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is a part of the Transitional Ministry Education Consortium’s offerings for transitional ministry education. Taking Part 1 with Transitional Ministry Pathways or another TMEC or Interim Ministry Network site within the last five years is a prerequisite for taking this class.

This class meets for 7 weeks from 10:00-1:30 pm EST, beginning October 5, 2023 and ending November 16, 2023.

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Teaching Team

Bart W. Edwards

Bart W. Edwards

Bart’s gifts to transitional ministry are connected to his 20 years of experience in the corporate world through manufacturing management and total quality assurance training in both large and small corporations. As a second-career pastor, he has been an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA for 18 years and has served three churches in the mid-Atlantic states. Bart’s keen interest is in applying systems theory to the areas of work and church and looking at how the relationships within the two areas co-exist. For Bart, it is within our work life and church life that we can find purpose and fulfillment. As a facilitator and leader, Bart has guided several churches through the Healthy Congregations program. After completing the Transitional Ministry program, Bart was asked to join the Transitional Ministry learning team.

Bart holds degrees from the University of Arkansas (BA-History) and Columbia Theological Seminary (MDiv). He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Mount Olive College (New Testament) and is a certified Healthy Congregations Facilitator.

Robin Miller Currás

Robin Miller Currás

Rev. Robin Miller Currás is originally from Islip, New York, but at this point, she has lived the majority of her life in New Jersey. She went to SUNY Binghamton, where she studied Spanish Language and Literature, and Princeton Theological Seminary, where she received an M.Div. and a Th.M. She is a first-career pastor. Her first church was in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, as an Associate Pastor. Then she became a solo pastor in Wharton, New Jersey, where she stayed for seventeen years.

She took a break for three years while her children were in high school. During that time, she was trained as a coach to pastors and worked as a church consultant; she returned to parish ministry as an interim pastor in December 2018.

Erin Jones

Erin Jones

Erin Jones is the resident Lutheran voice on the Transitional Ministry Team. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in 2016, she has served congregations in intentional and unintentional transition across mainline denominations in Southern California and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her heart for ministry includes helping communities become more intentionally inclusive and active in working for God’s justice in the world.

Erin is a mother of two, and wife of a Media Arts university professor with whom she hosts a podcast, “Spirited Animation,” examining the deeper lessons about community, life, and parenting offered by animated movies (available on Spotify).

Erin holds degrees from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) in Berkeley, CA. She has a certificate from Princeton Theological Seminary through the Iron Sharpening Iron Women’s Leadership Program.

I was blessed to take The Art of Transitional Ministry, Parts 1 and 2 with Jan Nolting Carter and Paul Rhebergen, two outstanding faculty who are experienced transitional pastors themselves. Jan and Paul have designed learning that is participatory, experiential, scholarly, deeply reflective and focused on what it means to be a pastor in transitional times (which frankly is always). I came away a much better pastor and leader learning from Jan, Paul and my classmates. I highly recommend this course for any pastor trying to navigate transition in these challenging times.

Reverend Karen Kinney

Designated Pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church of the Slate Belt