Parish Life Courses

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is drawing together all Episcopalians to focus on the principal message of Jesus, LOVE, and calls us to live love in God’s world. At the Stevenson School for Ministry, we believe that Jesus’ love is the most powerful transformation of all. We are committed to equipping all disciples to make Christ’s love known in the world by:

  • Telling the Good News
  • Teaching Believers
  • Tending to Others
  • Transforming the World
  • Treasuring Creation

To help parish leaders joyfully and faithfully respond to Christ’s mission, The Stevenson School for Ministry now offers five-week course modules specifically designed for parish life.  These transformational courses help leaders explore The Way of Love as The Way of Life. Looking to Jesus as the model for our faith, we invite you to consider courses designed to help us keep Jesus at the center of our lives.

If you would like more information about these courses, please contact:
The Very Rev. Robyn Szoke-Coolidge, Dean
Phone: (717) 315-8088
Email: rszoke@diocesecpa.org.

Bishop Curry
Way of Love

Parish Life Courses

A woman sits on a wooden chair and prays to God.

Ways to Pray: Spiritual Practices for Parish Life

INSTRUCTOR: Deacon Marsha Roscoe
COST: $50.00 per person or $100.00 for a parish for two or more people
DATES: February 18 – March 23

This 5-week online course invites participants to explore in community one’s faith journey, noticing where we’ve been, where we are now, and where God is inviting us into, so we can grow in and bear witness to God’s Way of Love. Drawing from the deep roots of our Christian tradition, this course explores how the #WayOfLove spiritual practices of Turn, Learn and Pray shape our lives to follow Jesus.

Parish Life Share Our Story and Follow Jesus

Ways to Share Our Story and Follow Jesus

INSTRUCTOR: Deacon Marsha Roscoe
COST: $50.00 per person or $100.00 for a parish for two or more people
DATES: March 24 – May 4

As a stand-alone course, or as part of our new parish life lay evangelist certificate program, this 5-week introductory online module helps students explore how, with God’s help, we recognize and live into our belovedness as children of God, engage daily prayer practices, and articulate our own story of experiencing God’s love for us for the sake of the Jesus Movement to change the world.

Parish Life Erradicating Racism

Introduction to Eradicating Racism

INSTRUCTORS: Mr. Kevin Barron and Dr. Marion Schwartz
COST: FREE
DATES: Flexible based on the needs of the parish. Contact kevinwbarron@gmail.com to set up times.

Using the framework of the Episcopal Church’s “Becoming a Beloved Community” this introductory course on antiracism will lead participants through five pillars rooted in helping us to live out our Baptismal Covenant; Learning to Live the Beloved Community: the Good News of Liberation for Individuals and Society; Serving Christ in All Persons; Learning the Truth About the Church and Race; Telling the Truth to Ourselves; and the Construction of Racial Identity. Course resources will be used that address systemic racism, identity, and justice. Participants will be asked to examine these concepts through the lens of scripture.

Parish Life Changing your Congregations Money Culture

Changing Your Congregation’s ‘Money Culture’

INSTRUCTOR: The Rev. Rob Blezard
COST: $50.00 per person or $100.00 for a parish for two or more people
DATES: February 18 – March 23

Why should talking about money be a red-line taboo in our congregations when Jesus and the Old Testament’s writers repeatedly (obsessively?) teach us that money is a deep spiritual issue of primary importance? In this first five-part course we will look at what our bible and our faith traditions say about money and then move into understanding a congregation’s unspoken and unhealthy “money culture.” We’ll explore how to shift that culture through awareness, education and best practices.

Parish Life Stewardship

Congregational Stewardship: Best Practices and Strategies

INSTRUCTORS: The Rev. Rob Blezard
COST: $50 per person or $100.00 for a parish for two or more people
DATES: March 24 – May 4

Leaders know well the obstacles and pitfalls that come from guiding a congregation in financial stewardship, but there are also plenty of opportunities for growth. In this class, which could be a stand-alone class or a sequel to “Changing your congregations’ Money Culture,” we’ll explore ways to bring stewardship into the congregation in a way that will help lead congregants into deeper discipleship and a better understanding of generosity, God’s abundance, and the work of the church.

Parish Life Sharing the Lectionary

Sharing the
Lectionary

INSTRUCTOR: Canon Dr. Deirdre Good
COST: $50 per person
DATES: February 18 – May 4 (10 weeks)

This course is an opportunity for an online discussion for our Sunday lectionary lessons. Inspirational posts serve to engage the learner in the inter-relationship of all the lessons, the collect and especially the gospel lesson. This is a great course for anyone who is teaching, preaching, or want to learn about the lessons the week before they are experienced in liturgy.

Priestly Pastoral Practical Ministry

Priestly, Pastoral, and Practical Ministry in Congregations

INSTRUCTORS: The Rev. Dr. Stephen Casey and The Rev. Dr. Mark Scheneman
COST: $50.00 per person or $100.00 for a parish for two or more people
DATES: February 18 – March 23

In the first module of the course, ministry as a priest in the Episcopal Church will provide specific focus. Topics will include pastoral and priestly ministry common in congregational life, including Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Holy Matrimony, Burial, Parish Administration, and the “craft” of Priesthood.

Pursuing Execellence in Ministry

Pursuing Excellence in Ministry

INSTRUCTORS: The Rev. Dr. Mark Scheneman and The Rev. Dr. Stephen Casey
COST: $50 per person or $100.00 for a parish for two or more people
DATES: March 24 – May 4

In the second module of the semester, various case studies will be examined and discussed, representing a diversity of styles and settings, but all representing common benchmarks for strong and effective pastoral leadership. Topics will include strategic planning, dealing with conflict, managing change, exercising humble authority, and healthy self-care.

Vestry A Call to Holy Work

Vestry – A Call to Holy Work

INSTRUCTOR: The Rev. David Lovelace
COST: $50 per person or $100.00 for a parish for two or more people
DATES: February 18 – March 23

Serving on a Vestry is holy work that is challenging and fulfilling. This work requires an array of skills, knowledge and openness to the guidance of the Spirit. This five-week course seeks to provide a foundation for those elected by a parish to exercise faithful stewardship of this leadership ministry.

A Discovery of Gifts for Congregations

A Discovery of Gifts for Congregations

INSTRUCTOR: The Rev. Canon Kate Harrigan
COST: $50 per person or $100.00 for a parish for two or more people
DATES: Flexible based on the needs of the parish. Contact kglharrigan@gmail.com to set up times.

A Discovery of Gifts for Congregations is specifically designed for recognizing and utilizing the spiritual gifts of a congregation, both corporate gifts and individual gifts. The congregation will be guided in how to discern what their solid gifts, emerging gifts, and hidden gifts may be. The course will explore the strategies for using these gifts in practical and faithful ways within the life of the congregation and its mission, so that participants will have the tools to be able to explore, understand, and use its gifts to share this knowledge and skill within the congregation.

Transforming Life and Faith

Transforming Life and Faith in the Smaller Parish

INSTRUCTOR: The Rev. Canon Kate Harrigan
COST: $50 per person or $100.00 for a parish for two or more people
DATES: Flexible based on the needs of the parish. Contact kglharrigan@gmail.com to set up times.

Transforming Life and Faith in the Smaller Parish is designed for lay leadership, such as vestries, ministry leadership and clergy who are serving or will serve the smaller parish. The focus is on Pastoral Care and Parish Life and ways to proclaim the Good News of God in Christ. This includes how the congregation provides means of connection and communication, how the successful smaller church vestry is organized and operates faithfully, and how lay ministry is formed, encouraged and strengthened.