SSFM in the Parish

The Stevenson School for Ministry is here to help you with your parish formational needs!

We have a variety of courses that are easily adapted for use in the parish for an Advent or Lenten study or any time of the year.

Here are four easy ways in which you can use SSFM in your parish:

1. Discernment Modules

Discernment is for the entire Body of Christ. God calls all the baptized into ministry.  Our Discernment Modules can be an excellent way of exploring the ministry of the baptized in your parish!

  • Module I: Meeting God’s Call: Who is the God Who is Calling Us?
  • Module II: Meeting God’s Call: A Discovery of Gifts
  • Module III: Meeting God’s Call in Sacrament and Story: Discernment through the Sacrament of Baptism
  • Module IV: Meeting God’s Call in Sacrament and Story: Discernment through the Sacrament of the Eucharist
  • Module V: Meeting God’s Call in Mission: Forward into the Jesus Movement

The Rev. Canon Kate Harrigan facilitates these modules and would be delighted to work with you in running them in your parish.

For a more detailed description of the modules, click here.

2. Faculty-Led Short-Term Courses

We have an excellent array of short-term courses (4, 5, or 6 weeks in length) led by our superb faculty that can be used in your parish.  Some examples include:

  • “Conversations in Celtic Spirituality”
    • For more information about this course Celtic spiritual practices, please contact Dr. Mark Scheneman by clicking here.
  • “Becoming the Beloved Community”
    • For more information about this course on racial justice, please contact Mr. Kevin Barron by clicking here.
  • “Insight, Inspiration, and Tools for the Engaged Leader”
    • For more information about this course on parish leadership development, please contact The Rev. Canon Dan Morrow by clicking here.

3. Faculty-Led 10-Week Courses

Want to dive deeper into Scripture, theology, liturgy, the history of the Episcopal Church?  We offer a wide array of in-depth courses that could meet the formational needs of your parish. Many of these courses utilize Zoom, a video teleconferencing program, that allows live interaction with the faculty member.  So whether you are in the Northern Tier or the Southern Convocation or anywhere in between, our outstanding faculty can come right to you via Zoom!

For our current course offerings, click here.

4. Parish-Based Courses

If the online environment doesn’t quite suit your parish needs, many of our courses can be adapted for use directly in the parish.  For example, a parish could use the online content of one of our courses for either a course run face-to-face in the parish or a hybrid online/face-to-face course. Here are some examples:

  • Conversations in Celtic Spirituality: a course in Celtic Spirituality
  • The Anglican Way: an introductory course on Anglican history, theology, and liturgy that could be useful for newcomers.
  • Reading Spiritual Practices for Today: a course that gives a sampling of various spiritual traditions such as Ignatian, Franciscan, etc.

What Next?

If you are interested in using SSFM for your parish formational needs, we are here to help you.  We would be delighted to talk with you about using SSFM in your parish.  Please contact Dean Robyn Szoke-Coolidge for more information by clicking here.