Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry | Congregation

Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry | Congregation

Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry | Congregation

Event Details

Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry: The Work of the Congregation (FTM-C) offers participants the opportunity to build on their own experience as they develop expertise in the specialized ministry of the Transitional Pastor.

FTM-C is step-two of FTM training.  FTM-C builds on the work begun in the first class (step-one); Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry: The Work of the Leader (FTM-L).

This is a five-day program designed to provide information and experiences that will be helpful to persons who plan to function in a congregational leadership role especially during a time of clerical transition.

As the role of an Intentional Interim Minister (IIM) is extremely demanding, to enter this specialist program recommendations from: presbytery, or synod staff, or appropriate committee chairpersons are essential (see relevant application form & referee’s report, further below).  Experience of at least two ministry placements is essential.  This is a demanding one-week full-time program, including evenings.  The five-day program is followed by a supervised project.

The course emphasizes the work of the congregation.  The fundamental tasks of the congregation, framed as Focus Points, are to successfully navigate the transition period:

Reviewing how the congregation has been shaped and formed.
Reviewing the member needs and its ways of organizing and developing new and effective leadership.
Defining and redefining sense of purpose and direction.
Discovering all the relationships a faith community builds outside of itself.
  • FUTURE –
Developing congregational and pastoral profiles.

Phase 2 Fieldwork – gives participants opportunity to use the skills and principles acquired in FTM-L and FTM-C in their own ministry settings.  Fieldwork is supervised by a member of our training team or a trained and experienced IIM practitioner in your own Synod.  The whole package of FTM-L, FTM-C and Fieldwork may be taken for academic credit as an independent study unit in ministry or leadership at certain theological colleges; contact Rob McFarlane to discuss possibilities.


Dates:  Monday, 17 June –
Friday, 21 June 2019
Times:  9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Mon. – Thur.)
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Friday)
Venue:  Uniting Church Centre for Ministry
16 Masons Drive, North Parramatta
Cost:  $500 per person – Early bird rego until Monday, 27 May.
$600 per person, thereafter.
Facilitator:  Robert McFarlane
UME Grant:  A Short-term Education Grant will be made available to defray some of the cost of this course for those in financial need.

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Pre-course Preparation:

Information about the pre-course preparation tasks will be provided upon registration.


Application Form and Referee’s Report

The course Application Form and associated Referee’s Report are available for download, below:

FTM-C Application Form – June 2019 [PDF 4 pages | 303 KB]
FTM-C Referee’s Report – June 2019 [PDF 5 pages | 242 KB]


When competed, please return both forms (marked “confidential”) via e-mail to the course lead trainer:

Parramatta Nepean Presbytery
Presbytery Ministry Leader
Rev. Dr Robert McFarlane



Online Payment and Registration Form:

Please register, and pay in advance, via the online ‘Tickets’ payment and registration form that appears below.

Please Note:-
Early Bird Registrations close on: Monday, 27 May 2019
Full-fee Registrations close on:  Tuesday, 11 June 2019


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On-site Overnight Accommodation Enquiries:

Note: Accommodation on-site at the Centre for Ministry, North Parramatta is not included in your course registration.
However, a limited supply of on-site accommodation may still be available at the time of making your registration to attend.

In order to ease the process, those wishing to make an enquiry about the availability of on-site accommodation, are asked to make mention that your enquiry is related to your attendance at this course.

The Uniting Venues booking office can be contacted directly on –
Ph: 1300 138 125


Travelling to the Centre for Ministry:

The Centre for Ministry is accessible by public transport.
Please click on this link for more information about travelling to the centre via public transport.
A free visitor car park is also available on-site, as well as in the overflow car park in the paddock diagonally opposite the centre’s driveway entrance.


More Information:

If you would like more information about this course, please contact:

UME Reception | | Ph: 02 8838 8900