Interim Ministry

Basic Training in Transitions

Education in the Practice of Intentional Interim Ministry

So. California Training / Fall 2020 (live, online) ◊ May 10-14 (in-person, on-site)


Do you desire to become a more effective transitional leader and agent of the Gospel? Are you considering intentional interim ministry as a possibility for your future? 

As the world continues to change, we confront both profound grief and tantalizing possibilities. How can we better equip ourselves to guide congregations through difficult transitions and into new life?

Lutheran Transitional Ministry Association (LuTMA, formerly NALIP) touches this reality, encouraging curiosity and professional growth. Since 1997, we have worked with thousands of pastors and multiple partners nationwide. Our name change reflects our own ongoing process of transformation.

Taking this six-month course in “Basic Training in Transitions” will help you navigate congregational dynamics and aid you in being a transitional leader. Because all ministry is essentially transitional, this course is appropriate for both settled and interim pastors.

Offering a total of 60 contact hours of continuing education equivalency plus field practice, this course consists of three, inter-related components:


  • Congregational Dynamics and Transitions (live, online)

  • Field Practice in Transitional Leadership (independent study and online cohort meetings)

  • The Transitional Leader (face-to-face)


During the COVID-19 crisis, the first two components (CDT and FPTL) will be offered in continuity, online, between October 2020 and May 2021.  The live, online sessions for “Congregational Dynamics and Transitions” will be 12, 90-minute sessions on the following Tuesdays at noon: Oct 13, 20, 27; Nov 3, 10, 17; Dec 1; Jan 12, 19, 26; Feb 2, 9 (12 sessions)


Anticipating face-to-face possibilities in the Spring 2021, the third component (TTL) will be held at the PSD Offices in Irvine and will begin at 1:00 pm on Monday, May 10, and conclude at noon on Friday, May 14.

For detailed information about the training, the tuition, and what to expect visit LuTMA.ORG


Speak to President Gibson about the need for experienced pastors trained in this specialty. Enrollment in this training is limited and will not be offered again for another year.

The LCMS Council of Presidents standard for training and credentialing is via this training with LuTMA or the pan-denominational Interim Ministry Network (IMN).

Other training sites across the nation and detailed course description are listed on LuTMA.ORG.  The training provides for and will also benefit deacons, deaconesses and lay ministry leaders who are working in the field of transitional ministry.

For more information contact:

Rev. Richard Paul

PSD Director of Interim Ministry


Rev. Peter Alexander

LuTMA Dean of Faculty