Interim Ministry

Basic Training in Transitions

Preparation for Intentional Interim Ministry and Transitional Leadership
Lutheran Transitional Ministry Association

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? Do you want to learn what is necessary to help a congregation move forward from being “stuck?”  This training is for both pastors and lay leaders who seek to serve effectively in changing times.


How It Works
Join Peter Alexander, Dean of the LuTMA training faculty, along with several trainer colleagues for a seven-month journey in two parts that begins the week of October 12/14, 2021. 


  • Phase 1: “Congregational Dynamics and Transitions”

    • Twelve weeks of training (over four months with holiday breaks).  The following are designated online gatherings:

    • Twelve, live, online presentations and discussions either on Tuesdays 2:00-3:30 Central Time or on Thursdays, from 2:00-3:30 pm (Central Time)  

    •  Students choose either Tuesdays (Section A) or Thursdays (Section B) and their Phase 2 location at time of registration.

    •  Approximately ten gatherings with a small group (members agree upon days and times) 

    •  Reasonably paced assignments to be completed each week on your own time

    • Conferences with a peer partner by covenant/agreement

  • Phase 2: “The Transitional Leader” 

    • A five-day residential gathering at one of the following locations:

    • February 21-25, 2022: Florida-Georgia District Office, Orlando, FL

    • February 21-25, 2022: Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO

    • April 25-29, 2022: Pacific Southwest District Office, Irvine, CA

  • Phase 3: “Fieldwork Practice in Transitions” 

    • An optional 5 months of guided practice in a ministry setting facilitated by Mentor/Coach and supported by a student cohort.  This phase can be initiated whenever the student desires, including in parallel with Phase 1 and 2 but usually following Phase 2. It is tailored to participant needs.


Note that the course size is limited to 24 participants per section.  A location for the residential Phase 2 is chosen at the time of registration.  For complete dates, details, and registration:

Lutheran Transitional Ministry Association click on “Basic Education”

Rev. Peter Alexander

LuTMA Dean of Faculty