Stevenson School for Ministry: Registration and Application

Learn, Explore, Discover!

Over the summer of 2017, the Stevenson School of Ministry invites you to Learn with our courses, Explore with our Academy of Mission Formation events and Discover with our youth events.

Summer Course Questions?  Contact Dean Szoke Coolidge.  Email:  or 717-236-5959 x 112

Register hereTo download the full SSFM Course Catalog, click hereTo learn more about the Summer Course Instructors, click here


Discernment Course Modules

Module I - Meeting God’s Call: Who is the God who is Calling Us?

Open Anytime Open to All Students

Using Bishop Edward Little’s book, Ears to Hear, Recognizing and Responding to God’s Call, this module invites those who are exploring their call to lay or ordained ministry to ask, “Who is the God who is calling us?” This module looks at the stories of God’s call to ordinary people, gaining a deeper understanding of their relationship to God and the nature of God’s call. This is a two-week online module.

Module V - Meeting Gods Call in Community- Affirming our Ministry Together

Open to All Students

This is a weekend designed for large or small groups of discerners or for church communities seeking to discern who and what God is calling them to be and to do. This experience of vocational discernment takes place within the context of the Eucharist.  Participants will explore their current ministries (“Take”) and where they feel they are being called, how they are blessed and what their resources may be (“Bless”), what brokenness they bring to their vocation (“Break”) and how they are affirmed by one another (“Give”). Participants will work in online groups for some of the session, individually for some, and as a larger community.

Course Option 1

Reading Spiritual Classics for Today - The Rev. Dr. Duncan Johnston

Over the course of five online lectures, discussions and assignments, students will learn about:

1. Important teachers of Christian spirituality

2. Five main streams of Christian spirituality

3. Spiritual disciplines that can change our lives

4. Everyday techniques for Christian spiritual practice

5. Commitment to Christian spiritual living through a Rule of Life

Register here

Course Option 2

Parish leadership for growth in the smaller congregation; Capturing the Prophetic Voice of the Small Church - The Rev. Canon Kate Harrigan

Through required reading and assignments, class discussions, class meetings and video conferences, participants will learn about the unique gifts that can be found in small churches.  Stories of small church success and failure will be shared in the form of case studies.  This course is focused on vestry and warden leadership.  Teams from parishes are encouraged to engage in this learning together.

Register here

Course Option 3

Insight, Inspiration, and tools for the Engaged Leader - The Rev. Canon Daniel (Dan) Morrow

"Drawing on  insights, models, and tools from the fields of Organization Development, Congregational Development, and the Missional Church movement, this course is designed to help the leader think strategically about, and engage with, their community and their church as they strive to discern and join in the mission of God." 

Cost per 5-week course module is $150.00 for individuals or discounted group rate of  $100.00 for group leader and $25.00 per each person in the group.

Register here

Explore with the Academy for Mission Formation

Godly Play Core Training, June 17th  

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Commuter Core Training: Engaging God’s Playful Word: Parables & Honoring the Spirituality of the Child for the church and the home, all are welcome, come and explore, scholarship available. Read Teaching Godly Play: How to Mentor the Spiritual Development of Children.

By Jerome W. Berryman

Standard Registration $ 125 per training Day includes breakfast and lunch for more information or to register

*Scholarships are available for 1/3 of the tuition. To download the form click here.

August 12th  Seminar for Finance and Administration

Moving from Survival to Mission

9:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Treasurer's, wardens, all vestry members and Stewardship leaders and all volunteer and salaried Parish Administrators, this conference is for you.  Keynote and workshops; Financial development within the life of congregations and expectations for monitoring endowment depreciation through the rhythm of spending and investment.  Year round stewardship practices, including Planned Giving Leadership Development. 101 basics for vestries and committees—this is for vestry leadership and folks new to vestries as well as best practices for Parish Administrators.

$35.00 per person, includes lunch and 3 or more group rate of $100.00

Join us on Saturday, August 12th, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church
301 St. Thomas Rd. 
Lancaster,  PA 17601-4832

To register, please click here.



Applications are required for those in Vocational Discernment.  Others, including new students taking Exploring Your Ministry, do not need to fill out this application.

Application Form for the Stevenson School for Ministry

To download the full SSFM Course Catalog, click here.

To register online, click here



Scholarship Request Form