Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)



First Advisor

Karen Claassen, DMin

Second Advisor

Calvin Habig DMin

Third Advisor

David McDonald, DMin


For churches within the Presbyterian tradition, as well as other mainline denominations, the use of interim and transitional pastors has been a mainstay for congregations between permanent pastors. The current use of transitional pastors as a specialized pastoral position dates back to the original model and framework established by Loren Mead and the Interim Ministry Network in the 1970s and 1980s. This model has remained relatively untouched since its introduction but is no longer adequately addressing many of the issues facing local churches today. To help congregations navigate new and complex challenges, there is a need to reimagine the purpose and functions of the transitional pastor.

This dissertation will introduce the Transitional Ministry 2.0 model, which seeks to recognize some of the adaptive challenges currently facing churches, while equipping pastors and presbyteries to deal with these challenges and be successful in today’s culture. This updated model will focus on improving the expectations, process, structure, training, and overall health of the process. The purpose is to modernize Mead’s original breakthrough findings that harness the power of positive change during pastor transitions, while at the same time moving the Transitional Model away from a technical problem-based approach and more toward Ron Heifetz’s adaptive challenges-based mindset. Unlike other partial solutions, the Transitional Ministry 2.0 approach is holistic, addressing a combination of issues with a unified solution.

While focusing specifically on churches and presbyteries of the PCUSA within the Pacific Northwest, these recommendations will set better expectations, more accurate pastoral placements, and garner healthier and more consistent transitional results nationwide. The artifact will provide a presentation that shares the potential behind the Transitional Ministry 2.0 model, along with critical steps for implementation within regional presbyteries.

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