IT IS BACK | Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry | Leadership

Uniting Mission & Education together with Rob McFarlane are pleased to announce the delivery of a Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry: The Work of the Leader (FTML) course in Sydney in August from 6th – 8th at The Centre for Ministry.  Back in Sydney for the first time since 2011, the course is ideal for individuals in both lay and ordained ministry, or for individuals with a calling into ministry.

Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry : The Work of the Leader (FTML), is a three-day course designed to upskill and equip ministers and those in lay ministry with the skills to support congregations in times of transition or change as a community.

Monday 6 – Wednesday 8 August 2018
Already keen? Register now – HERE
Download the information flyer – FTML Flyer HERE

Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry: The Work of the Leader is a three-day program which gives participants an introduction to the key concepts and practices of ministering with congregations and agencies in times of transition.
The course has three key foundations:
–  Understanding Transition
–  Systems Theory
–  Family Systems
These key foundations are introduced on Day 1 and then unpacked by reflecting on transitions that lead to new life and ministry practice. The course also teaches an array of tools for understanding one’s ministry context, and one’s place within it.
While it is a stand-alone program, it can also be the first phase of training that leads to being qualified as an Intentional Interim Minister.
FTML is useful for anyone in lay or ordained ministry, who are dealing with change, transition and new opportunities and also for those exploring a call to Intentional Interim Ministry.

Who should do this course?
– People in lay ministry
– People in ordained ministerial roles
– On a pathway to ministry
– Presbytery Staff & Office bearers
– Third phase of ministry participants

Course Format
Three day course | Monday 6 to Wednesday 8 August, 2018
Times:        9.15am – 5pm, three days
Venue:        Centre for Ministry | 16 Masons Drive, North Parramatta
Cost:           $300 Early Bird  Saving, if registered prior to 3 July
$350 per participants, from 4 July onwards

Course Presenter
FTML will be led by Rob McFarlane, a Presbytery Ministry Leader from the Parramatta Nepean Presbytery, and recognised as a trainer by the Interim Ministry Network.

Rev Dr Rob McFarlane

Rob is accredited by the US-based Interim Ministry Network to deliver transitional ministry and Intentional Interim Ministry courses in Australia. He currently serves as Presbytery Ministry Leader in Parramatta Nepean Presbytery. His role includes involvement in Mission Shaped Ministry, leadership development, CEM, mission planning and consulting with congregations, transitional ministry training, as well as study tours to the Middle East, Mediterranean and Celtic Britain.  Rob is also a visiting lecturer with the Adelaide College of Divinity (ACD) in leadership and New Testament.
Past roles for Rob have included congregational ministry, university chaplaincy, Director of Continuing Education (NSW/ACT), Mission Education Officer in Moreton Rivers Presbytery (Qld) as well as theological education in both NT & ministry.
Rob draws these threads together, being passionate about how NT understandings of church and contemporary leadership models come together in Fresh Expressions of church, and the transitions we experience as we live into these.

Apply for a Short Term Education Grant!
FTML is an identified course of Uniting Mission & Education for which participants may apply for a Short Term Education scholarship.  For more information about our UCA Short Term Education Grants please contact
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How to Register
Register online now via EventBrite – HERE

The Centre for Ministry at North Parramatta has some limited on site accommodation options available.  To enquire please call the Uniting Venues booking office 1300 138 125.
The venue is also conveniently located within 15 minutes of Parramatta CBD and accessible by public transport.

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