Educational Venues

LuTMA seeks additional venues for the educational events and encourages district or synod sponsorship for the training. This will reduce the travel costs for pastors seeking this important educational experience. If interested, please contact the LuTMA office about possible arrangements.


California-Nevada-Hawaii District, LC-MS, Livermore, CA

Training Location

CNH District Ministry Center
2772 Constitution Dr # A
Livermore, CA 94551
(925) 245-4000

Hotel Accommodations

Hampton Inn Livermore
2850 Constitution Drive
Livermore, CA 94551
Phone: 925-606-6400

Use code LMA when making reservations.
Website link to make reservations:

Single occupancy, Mon – Wed: $159; Thurs – Sun: $139 plus taxes & fees
Double occupancy, Mon – Wed: $169; Thurs – Sun: $149 plus taxes & fees
Complimentary hot breakfast.
48-hour cancellation policy.
Reservation Cut-Off: Thursday, January 30, 2020

Luther Seminary - Phase I

Training Location

Hotel Accommodations

Mt. Olivet Retreat Center - Phase III

Training Location

Hotel Accommodations

Northeast Ohio Synod

Training Location

St Stephen Lutheran Church
3725 Kent Rd.
Stow, OH 44224

While pastors in this class will come primarily from the Northeast Ohio Synod, the training is open to all interested pastors. The synod office staff will handle the registration and receive your payment for the training.

For further information please contact:
Northeast Ohio Synod
The Rev. Karl Biermann, Assistant to the Bishop of the Northeast Ohio Synod
(330) 929-9022, ext 31

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel information is available from the synod office above.


Please order the required books in advance of the course start date and complete the reading to be prepared for the online classes.

  • Uproar: Calm Leadership in Anxious Times by Peter L. Steinke, 2019
  • Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change, 4th edition by William Bridges, with Susan Bridges, 2016
  • Interim Ministry in Action: A Handbook for Churches in Transition by Norman B. Bendroth, 2018

Participants will be provided a resource manual and additional learning materials. The purchase of books and other reading material recommended will be the responsibility of participants.


  • Basic Training for Transitions tuition is $1600. This tuition covers the two course components (Phases 1 and 2) and the optional mentoring phase for participants who began training in October 2020, but not the books for required reading. Tuition and fees need to be paid in full no later than three calendar weeks prior to beginning the course because of contractual agreements with the trainers and sites.
  • On-site lodging and meals are additional and depend on the costs charged by the specific venues. These costs change annually. Options will be noted on the event description.

A limited number of scholarships are available for Basic Training in Transitions.
Please click here for more information.


Registration Payment/Deposit
Fifty percent of the tuition is required with registration at least 30 days prior to a training event. Full payment is due three weeks prior to the first day of the training. Tuition for the course and its components cannot be refunded after the beginning of training.

Room and Board
Some events are scheduled with room and board available for the residential week Phase 2 (TTL). Each site has different costs and requirements for payments. Cost and other pertinent information will be given to participants prior to the start of the residential phase. Any dietary or other special needs must be handled between the participant and the site staff.

Payment for applicable room and board is due at least 30 days prior to, or within 30 days following a residential event, depending on the arrangements with the local venue. Participants will receive an invoice for the amount due.

Refunds will be granted as follows:

  • Full Refund less scholarship awards, if LuTMA cancels a training event.
  • Full refund less merchant processing fees (i.e., PayPal) and/or scholarship awards, if LuTMA or a co-sponsoring institution is notified of a cancellation more than 6 weeks before the start date of the LuTMA training.
  • 75% refund less merchant processing fees (i.e., PayPal) and/or scholarship awards, if LuTMA or a co-sponsoring institution is notified of a cancellation 6 weeks or less before the start date of the LuTMA training (cancellation fee equal to 25% of the event tuition).
  • No refund if a participant withdraws from the training event after the start date, subject to LuTMA discretion.
  • All fees, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.

If a participant determines that it is necessary to change class dates or venues and wishes to participate in training at a different time and/or venue, there will be a $150.00 fee for the change, including postponement of the Phase 2 residential week. If a transfer is due to the cancellation of a class by LuTMA the transfer fee will be waived.

Participants are expected to attend and participate in all sessions of the course from the beginning to its conclusion. If there is an emergency, recorded online sessions will be made available. For the residential component, it is important, especially for commuters, to have pastoral coverage arranged prior to attending the training event. A certificate of attendance/completion will not be given to anyone who misses any portion of a session.

Association Membership
ELCA and LC-MS participants in LuTMA educational training events are strongly encouraged to become members of LuTMA and/or their respective denominational interim ministry organizations (Interim Ministry Association – ELCA or Interim Ministry Conference – LC-MS). Further information about dues and membership is available on the Members page of this web site.