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Art of Transitional Ministry

Art of Transitional Ministry

Dates: July 17-22, 2022

Registration for Summer 2022 is now open!!

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Leading a congregation and faith community through transition is both challenging and rewarding. Whether it is a change in leadership or a changing neighborhood, it takes knowledge, skill, resilience and spiritual strength to navigate the waters of transition in a way that allows a congregation and its leaders to be open to possibilities, go deeper and thrive. The Art of Transitional Ministry offers education in the skills and understanding necessary for leading a congregation and faith community in transition. Leaders and participants come from several mainline traditions, which creates rich opportunities for additional learning.

The Art of Transitional Ministry Program is broken down into two week-long courses of study offered concurrently along with Spouse Track.

Week I
The basic education course is designed for pastors and congregational leaders who are serving or are considering serving in congregations that are in the midst of transition; yet, it is valuable continuing education for all faith leaders as we are all in the midst of change within our culture and world. This intensive 30-hour course provides basic understandings for consciously leading congregations through changes in context, identity, and leadership. Week I is appropriate for any short-term transitional ministry leader, including interim and designated pastors, as well as installed/appointed pastors serving congregations in the midst of change. It is also appropriate for clergy and laity serving in denominational bodies that need to understand congregations in transition. Additionally, personnel representatives and Committee on Ministry members are especially urged to take this opportunity to become familiar with the concerns of pastors serving in temporary roles (interim, designated and traditional ministries).

Week II
For pastors and leaders serving in congregations and faith communities in the midst of transitions in leadership, culture, context, and ministry. Participants will use their current ministry context to reflect on the leader’s role and tasks in times of transition. Completion of Week I within the past five years and current service in a transitional or interim ministry position (widely defined) is required for participation in this course. This course will provide an opportunity for going deeper into the work introduced in week I and beginning to understand our role as leaders in contexts of change and transition. Registration is limited and there are several homework assignments to prepare for Week II, so early registration is advised.


Travel Accommodation and Opportunity for Families

We encourage participants who are flying to the conference to arrive at Reno-Tahoe International Airport and to arrange shuttle transportation with the South Tahoe Airporter. Itineraries for shuttle service can be sent to program@zephyrpoint.org.

ATM participants can enroll their children in two summer camp offerings on-site at Zephyr Point. Incoming 1st-6th graders are invited to Camp Zephyr, a day camp run by the Zephyr Point Summer Staff. Camp Zephyr runs M-F 7:45AM-5:15PM. Middle School and High School students are invited to participate in Zephyr Point’s Summer Basecamp. Both of these opportunities are unique to Zephyr Point! Contact the Program Team at program@zephyrpoint.org or (775) 588-6759 ext. 113 with further questions. 


Rev. Kevin Buchanan

Kevin has been ordained since 1980 and began as a consultant for youth ministry for the Presbytery of South Florida and served two congregations as youth minister. From there, he served as a solo pastor and an associate pastor in Missouri, Oregon, and California. When he married Astrid in 2002, he served in transitional ministry at congregations in San Leandro, San Rafael, Windsor, Turlock, and San Anselmo, California. He served in long term transitional ministry (otherwise known as installed) in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Kevin currently is serving as the transitional pastor at Central Presbyterian Church in Terre Haute, Indiana.


Rev. SanDawna Ashley

SanDawna is the Executive Presbyter for the Minnesota Valleys Presbytery.  She has served as Assistant Stated Clerk, Manager for Call Process Support and Teaching Elders Ministries in the Office of the General Assembly. In her work, she provided training, consultation, coaching, and resources for presbyteries in support of congregations, COMs, call seekers and calling organizations.  Her pastoral service includes serving as senior pastor and solo pastor of congregations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Illinois. SanDawna holds degrees from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) with a concentration in leadership development and congregational transformation, Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary Masters of Divinity in the Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Care (M. Div.) and Georgia State University Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). She has served as faculty for Transitional Ministry Training for five years.  She is married to Rev. Murphy Ashley, Jr., the mother of Jay, mother-in-law of Rachel and grandmother of Christian and Olivia.  Her family is completed by their 4-year-old Keeshond, Joy.


Rev. Renée Rico

Renée confesses to be both excited and challenged by the opportunities of ministry in these times in the church. Renée began her “accidental intentional interim” ministry career straight out of seminary, serving in churches across the West as interim solo, head of staff and associate pastor positions, as well as in a United Methodist congregation. Now in her 8th interim position, she currently serves as Transitional Pastor (Head of Staff) at University Presbyterian Church in Fresno, CA. She has served on and led faculty teams for education events on The Art of Transitional Ministry for the PCUSA since 2002. Outside of church, Renée has many interests, including a love of Mexican food, knitting (she teaches and designs her own line of patterns) and spinning, and is a certified aquatics fitness instructor. Her two cats, Izzie and Brandy, are her companions at home

Rev. Barry W. Williams

ATM2016BarryWilliamsBarry’s roots are in Southwest Louisiana where he grew up learning a bit about Cajun culture and cooking. He attended Centenary College in Shreveport, La., earning a B.S. degree in Business, then seminary in Austin, Texas and went on to serve churches in the suburbs of Houston, Dallas, and Ft. Worth before moving to work with a congregation in Salina, Kansas. In 1996, the Williams family (Brenda, his wife, and two sons, Stephen and Peter) moved to Southwest Missouri. Springfield has functioned as “home base” for Barry as he served as an Interim/Transitional Pastor in the region. He completed his 14th interim in August of 2019 with FPC in Jefferson City, Missouri. He has been part of the PCUSA interim ministry education faculty since 2000. His interests include fly fishing, cooking, and staying in contact with family, friends, and colleagues.



Program Costs

Individual Rate
Week 1/ Week 2 $400
Spouse Track N/A for 2022

Program costs do not include the cost of books/texts for required reading. Participants will need to purchase the required reading texts which you will be informed of upon registration.

Room and Board Rates

Room Style Rate
Double Occupancy Room $460
Single Occupancy Room $750
Commuter (meals only) $255
Non-participant (room/meals only) $475

Registration and Balance due 14 days before event start date. To Register click on the “Register Now” button at the top of the page. Be sure to make a note of all dietary needs, mobility issues, and roommate requests during the registration process

    • Includes Sunday dinner through Friday sack lunch; No Wednesday dinner; afternoon and evening are on your own to rest and explore Tahoe.
    • Program fills quickly. Please register early.
    • Participants are expected to stay the duration of ATM and any late arrivals or early departures must be coordinated in advance of the program with faculty. Please direct inquiries to program@zephyrpoint.org
    • The $100 deposit is non-refundable/non-transferable.

COVID-19 Safety Policies and Protocols

Here at Zephyr Point, the health and safety of our guests is always our first priority. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are committed to crafting inclusive policies that will allow us to open all of our programs for Summer 2022. This requires creativity, logistical effort, and commitment on behalf of both Zephyr Point staff and program participants alike, and we thank you in advance for your commitment to keeping our community safe.

By registering for a Zephyr Point Summer program, you agree to follow the policies and procedures outlined in our Summer 2022 Program Safety Plan (v1). Please be sure to review the policies for the program you will be participating in BEFORE registering. All of the policies in this plan are based on recommendations and directives from the following agencies and organizations: 

      • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
      • State of Nevada Declarations and Guidance
      • Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services
      • American Camping Association (ACA)

Of course, these guidelines are subject to change as the pandemic shifts, so please plan to check back for revisions of this safety plan between now and the week prior to your scheduled program (the date at the top of the document will indicate the last revision). Any major policy changes will be sent directly to registrants.