Finishing with Vitality – Achieving a Healthy Ending

November 3, 2014 - November 7, 2014


Finishing with Vitality – Achieving a Healthy Ending

Princeton Theological Seminary
Erdman Center
November 5-7, 2014


Finish-Vitality The retirement of a pastor from his or her ministry is a unique and critical transition involving the pastor, spouse, staff and congregation. Too often the retirement of the pastor is approached with secrecy, a lack of openness, and an attitude of “biding our time”.

Planning together for this transition offers the pastor and congregational leadership the opportunity to manage the transition. It also serves as the first step toward working together to do their best ministry in their last months or years together.

This seminar is for pastors who anticipate retiring from a congregation in one to five years. Developing and implementing a transition plan builds a solid foundation for ministry – for the congregation and the retiring pastor as they conclude their ministry together. We will walk through the necessary steps for “finishing with vitality” that include being able to:

  • Reflect on the years of ministry,
  • Identify the key factors for determining the right time to retire,
  • Reflect on how to use the remaining time with the congregations,
  • Develop a “step by step” transition plan with the session,
  • Identify the tasks for the pastor and session to manage the transition time,
  • Help the congregation understand the importance of setting boundaries.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014
12:30 – Registration opens
2:00 – Welcome and Opening Session
5:30 – Dinner
7:00 – Session
8:30 – Conclude for the day

Thursday, November 6, 2014
7:30 – Breakfast opens
9:00 – Morning Session
10:30 – Coffee Break
10:45 – Morning Session
12:30 – Lunch
1:45 – Afternoon Session
3:15 – Break
3:45 – Afternoon Session
5:30 – Conclude & Dinner on your own

Friday, November 7, 2014
7:30 – Breakfast opens
9:00 – Morning Session #1
10:30 – Coffee Break
10:45 – Morning Session #2
12:30 – Conclude


David_Rich_FinishingVitatlity David Rich is a retired Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, educator, and consultant who seeks to help pastors and congregations finish strong. He is a former director of the Retirement Planning Program for the Board of Pensions of the PC (USA) and has more than 35 years of experience leading a wide variety of workshops, seminars, and retreats, as well as leading over 25 “Finishing with Vitality” seminars sponsored by Presbytery Committees on Ministry. David currently lives in Vienna, VA with his wife, Deborah McKinley, pastor of the Lewinville Presbyterian Church in McLean, VA


The cost for the program is $145, and includes program, and four meals.

Please read the registration and cancellation policy before registering. To register, please click here.

For more information or with questions, call the Erdman Center at 609-497-7990 or send an e-mail to [email protected].


Onsite lodging is available at the Erdman Center for an additional $65/night (single room, private bath) or $55/night (single room, shared bath).


Continuing Education
Princeton Theological Seminary
20 Library Place
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: 609-497-7990
Email: [email protected]

This seminar is funded, in part, by the Frederick E. Christian Seminar fund

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