The SoMA and its partner, the Synod of Lincoln Trails, equips church leaders to lead change through the work of the Midwest Initiative for Leading Transition.

We live in a time of great transition in our churches and culture. Transitional Ministry Education is not limited to those presently engaged in or inquiring about the nature of transitional ministry. Anyone interested in learning about transitions in ministry is welcome to apply.

Basic Transitional Ministry Education consists of 60 contact hours plus a practicum. The contact hours are divided equally between two residency weeks: Week I (30 hours) and Week II (30 hours), separated by a practicum which combines reflection on, and experience in, some aspect of interim/transitional ministry.

The Midwest Initiative for Leading Transition offers education for both Weeks I & II. Participants must complete both Residency Week I and all practicum assignments before taking part in Residency Week II. Those who complete the first week of basic education at another site must complete all MALT practicum assignments prior to attending Residency Week II.

Additionally, the Midwest Initiative for Leading Transition offers a week of education for those interested in discerning whether executive leadership in the PCUSA middle councils (presbyteries and synods) is a right fit. Registration for Transitional Executive Education is limited to sixteen people who meet one of the four following criteria:

  • currently serving as an interim/transitional mid-council leader

  • scheduled to begin service as an interim/transitional mid-council leader

  • serving or who have served as a mid-council leader

  • recommended by their presbytery as having particular gifts for interim/transitional mid-council leadership.

Ordinarily, those enrolled in transitional executive education have completed at least 30 hours of the basic transitional ministry education.

During the 30 hours of class time, learning will focus on:

  • Identifying and working with multiple layers of organizational system complexity;

  • Identifying and working with multiple cultures within an organizational system;

  • Identifying and working with mid-council infrastructure

  • Applying the principles and processes of transitional ministry to mid-council leadership.

We offer a full thirty (30) hours of education for each week. If you desire to receive a Statement of Completion for this event, you must actively participate in all sessions in their entirety (30 contact hours).


For additional information and registration details please visit

For administrative and registration questions contact Danelle O’Connell at the Synod of Mid-America office: or (913) 608-7662.

For questions related to Weeks I and II, contact Rev. Beth Wagner (

For question related to Executive Training, contact Rev. Landon Whitsitt (