Healthy Transitions

Healthy Transitions Fall 2022

William Bridges once wrote "Unmanaged transitions makes change unmanageable." This 4-part series on “Healthy Transitions” will equip clergy and laity in leadership roles with the skills to manage the transitions for their congregation, Parish Council or Cooperative Parish during the first 100 days of a new appointment or adapting to a new Cooperative Parish. Through four dynamic and interactive learning sessions, leaders will take away practical tips, tools and strategies that they can apply in any organizational transition. 

Session 1 

  • Learning the difference between change and transition
  • Addressing common misconceptions of transitions
  • Applying an effective framework for a healthy transition

Session 2

  • Exploring Endings and Letting Go
  • Navigating a new cultural landscape
  • Communicating effectively through transition

Session 3 

  • Taking a deep dive into the Transition phase of “Neutral Zone”
  • Building strong teams and utilizing small groups
  • Redefining inclusion and resetting ministry expectations

Session 4 

  • Discovering the Four P’s of New Beginnings
  • Avoiding potholes and landmines
  • Sharing best practices for New Beginnings and Beyond

Participants are encouraged to attend all four sessions to gain the full benefit of the course. Sessions will not be recorded and there will be no make-up sessions. 

Who is invited? This year, the “Healthy Transitions” sessions are open to ALL church leaders, both clergy and lay, who are experiencing changes and transitions in A New Cooperative Parish, Becoming a Member of a Parish Council and in New appointments, particularly for pastors, SPR Chairs, Lay Leaders and Church Council Chairs

You are welcome to bring a team from your congregation, Parish Council or Cooperative Parish to participate in “Healthy Transitions.”

Course Instructor: Rev. Doris K. Dalton, Director of Leadership Development and Intercultural Competency. 

Dates and Times: Thursdays from 6:30-8:30pm on September 8, 15, 22, and 29. 

Registration: There is no fee to participate, however registration is required to attend. Submitting your registration gives you automatic access to all four sessions.

Questions? Contact Rev. Doris K. Dalton at