March 28, 2013


MTSO offers workshop for pastors moving to new congregations

'Pastors on the Move' scheduled for May 6

Methodist Theological School in Ohio is offering a one-day workshop for pastors moving between congregations. "Pastors on the Move: Ending Well, Beginning Well" will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 6 in the Alford Centrum on the MTSO campus, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware. A single $20 tuition payment covers all sessions, lunch and 0.5 CEU credits. Advance registration is required and can be completed at

For transitioning pastors, a move from a current congregation to a new one brings challenges and opportunities – both professional and personal. Often, it's hard for a pastor to find a safe space for frank conversations about transitional concerns, including the effects of moving on their families, parishioners and selves. This workshop provides that space and covers issues including leaving or entering conflict; who to talk to about issues; family upheaval; and support for singles.

"Pastors on the Move" will be led by Jim Gebhart and Lisa Withrow. Gebhart is an elder in the United Methodist Church and a licensed psychologist who has been in independent clinical practice since 1978. He has served as a pastoral evaluation specialist within the United Methodist Church.

Withrow served three churches following her 1987 ordination in the United Methodist Church. Currently professor of Christian leadership and associate academic dean at MTSO, she consults with churches that are working on church growth or conflict issues.

Methodist Theological School in Ohio prepares leaders of many faith traditions for lives of significance in service to the church and the world. The school offers master's degrees in divinity, counseling ministries, theological studies and practical theology, as well as a Doctor of Ministry degree.


Danny Russell, director of communications, 740-362-3322