Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry – Congregation | via Zoom | Part 1 of 5

Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry – Congregation | via Zoom | Part 1 of 5

Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry – Congregation | via Zoom | Part 1 of 5

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 five-day 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: Part 1 of 5: Thursday, 27 Aug 2020
Part 2 of 5: Thursday, 10 Sept 2020
Part 3 of 5: Thursday, 1 Oct 2020
Part 4 of 5: Thursday, 22 Oct 2020
Part 5 of 5: Thursday, 5 Nov 2020
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (each day)
Format: Presented via Synod’s
‘Zoom’ video conference service.
Cost: Early-bird rego available until:
Monday, 10 August:-
$350 per person.
$450 per person.
Includes: course materials.
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.


Overview of joining the course via Zoom

This workshop will be conducted via the Zoom video conference platform.

  • Once your course registration has been recorded, you will receive a calendar invitation to join the course which contains an internet link which will become operational at the time the workshop is scheduled to commence.
  • At the time you click on the link to join the video conference, you will be prompted to download & install the Zoom software (if you don’t have it installed already). This will open the workshop video & audio on your screen.
  • If you’re unfamiliar with the procedure for joining a Zoom video conference, click here for a short [1 min 9 sec] video tutorial.
  • If you don’t have access to a computer or a smartphone, you will also have the option of joining the course via telephone (details will be included in the calendar invitation).

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 – August 2020 [PDF 4 pages | 318 KB]
FTM-C Referee’s Report – August 2020 [PDF 5 pages | 285 KB]

If you’re familiar with setting-up and using digital signatures in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, both you and your referee should be able to use one at the end of both forms to finalise and save your documents.

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

Parramatta Nepean Presbytery
Presbytery Ministry Leader
Rev. Dr Robert McFarlane



Online Registration Form

In addition to submitting the Application Form and Referee’s Report mentioned above, please register and pay in advance, by clicking on the ‘Register Here’ button that appears below.  Registration in advance is essential.

Please Note:-
Early-bird Registrations close on: Monday, 10 August 2020.
Full-fee Registrations close at: 6 p.m. Friday, 21 August 2020.


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More Information

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

UME Reception | | Ph: 02 8838 8912