Basic Training in Transitions

October 12, 2020 - April 30, 2021 | COURSE FULL

 

Want 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. We can better equip ourselves to guide congregations through difficult transitions and into new life.

Lutheran Transitional Ministry Association (LuTMA, formerly NALIP) encourages curiosity and growth. Since 1997, LuTMA has worked with thousands of pastors and multiple partners nationwide. 

Basic Training in Transitions equips you to navigate congregational dynamics and aids you in being a transitional leader.  Because all ministry is transitional, this course is appropriate for both settled and interim pastors. This course also positions you to be recognized by your judicatory for specialized intentional interim ministry.

What You'll Learn


  • Deeper consciousness of God’s expectations and promises in developing transitional pilgrims, whether as an interim or settled pastor

  • Tools to help congregations define their present reality and plan for their future

  • Areas of focus for a congregation to explore the future God is inviting them to discover

  • Guidelines in creating a learning team to aid a congregation as they discover their direction going forward

  • Increased awareness of self while functioning in a system that includes judicatory, leaders, and congregation

  • Vocabulary to describe dynamics of a system experiencing transition

  • Process tasks, which guide a leader in helping a congregation move into a healthy future

  • Creative tensions that help increase self-differentiation while navigating transitions


“I wish every [leader] I know could experience this. This is one of the fundamental things the church needs to flourish at this time.”

- 2017-18 participant

How It Works


Join Beth Marie Halvorsen and Peter Alexander, along with colleagues, for a six-month journey that begins the week of October 12, 2020

Tracing God’s Movement in Our Lives and Neighborhoods

Learn by Doing: Using Action Learning to Discover God’s Leading

Sharing Our Learning: Intentional Reflections on Our Actions

  • Engaging Training

    Participate in 12 live online presentations with breakout groups. Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (CDT) beginning October 15, 2020 through February 11, 2021

  • Meaningful Connections

    8 gatherings with your small group. Choose days and times to meet with your group.

  • Self-Reflection and Learning

    Regular weekly work to expand on your learning.

  • A Culminating Gathering

    Connect, learn, and refresh at a five-day gathering (April 26-30, 2021) at Mt. Olivet Conference and Retreat Center in Farmington, MN

Join the Course


Tracing God’s Movement in Our Lives and Neighborhoods

Learn by Doing: Using Action Learning to Discover God’s Leading

Sharing Our Learning: Intentional Reflections on Our Actions

Tracing God’s Movement in Our Lives and Neighborhoods

Learn by Doing: Using Action Learning to Discover God’s Leading

Sharing Our Learning: Intentional Reflections on Our Actions

  • 24

    Maximum enrollment

  • $1500

    Tuition
    (includes manual and resource tools)

  • 60

    Contact Hours

  • Class times

    2:00-3:30 PM CDT Thursday Presentations
    2020 Dates: 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3,
    2021 Dates: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11,
    Gathering April 26-30, 2021

  • Instructors

    Beth Marie Halvorsen
    Peter Alexander

Meet the Instructors


Beth Marie Halvorsen

Beth Marie Halvorsen is an intentional interim pastor who has guided multiple congregations in significant crisis or conflict toward healthy spirituality and community engagement. As part of the LuTMA faculty, she values the learning journey in moving through transitions. Her doctoral work on Centered Flexibility helps participants increase self-differentiation and understand the life-giving spirituality embedded within transitions. A graduate of St. Olaf College and Luther Seminary, she received her D.Min. Degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander has trained over 300 Lutheran pastors in the practice of intentional interim ministry. Currently he is the Dean of the Training Faculty for the Lutheran Transitional Ministry Association (LuTMA). Besides having been an Intentional Interim Senior Pastor for ten metro congregations in California, DC, NJ, and Arizona, Peter also serves as a consultant to several LCMS Districts and their national board. A former high school educator and campus pastor, he has a passion for the world of ideas and the intersection of Gospel and culture.