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We are grateful for receiving A UNITED THANK OFFERING

Spring COVID-19 Grant

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New Summer Opportunities for Spiritual Life

This summer, the Stevenson School is offering several courses to help enhance your theological understanding and spiritual practice.

Baptism Basics: Engage more deeply in the baptismal covenant.
Gospel of John:
Study this gospel with Dr. Dierdre Good.
Words of the Bible: 
Learn words of the bible that shape our faith with the Rev. Dr. Collin Cornell.

Register for these and other courses here.

Resources for Transforming Collective Isolation into Communal Holiness:

Training Small group and House Church Leaders 2021/2022

Discovering Gifts: Tuesdays, 7:00 to 8:30, May 25th – June 15th
Identify the call and nature of Christian community, explore a theology of gifts, discern your gifts for ministry, and learn models of gifts discernment to help your community better fulfill its call to be the body of Christ in the world. Led by The Rev. Jenifer Gamber. (Cost $45.00/voucher) Pre-register here.


Holy Listening: Tuesdays, 7:00 to 8:30, June 22nd – July 20th

Explore the spiritual practice of holy listening in community. As we seek to live into our shared identity and common life together in small groups, we will practice full attention and presence to one another. Five sessions. Led by The Rev. Marsha Roscoe. (Cost $45.00/voucher)


Prayer Modules (options for prayer): 7:00 to 8:30,  August 17 – September 21 

This 6-session module will empower leaders in small groups to deepen spiritual practices, including the use of the BCP, saying the offices, extemporaneous prayer, prayer in action, creative expressions of prayer, and prayer through Holy Silence and Taize. Led by both clergy and laity. (Free)


Webinars that prepared the way for Discovering Resiliency

Discovering Resiliency; Patterns of connectivity, beauty, and projects for self.  Resilience opens possibilities and allows for finding a deep sense of purpose.  Watch, learn, and make a shift for depth and clarity of choice and purpose. Find guiding resources here.


Podcasts to help us move onward with hope

The Rev. Gina Campbell offers wisdom on ways of practicing forward by working through lament, capturing change, and vision to move onward with hope. Right now, we wonder, “how is it with our hearts and souls?”  Join us and discover how we hold open this uncertain time to move with a deeper vision and clearer presence. Find these resources here.

The registration link for the four Summer courses listed above coming soon!

Evangelism Resources for your Congregation

Embracing Evangelism: A six-part video/learning series to deepen spiritual practices in evangelism.

Evangelism Toolkit: Learning the foundations of Evangelism and ways to put into practice the sharing of the Good News in Jesus Christ

Beloved Community Story Sharing: A way to tell your story to the wider church, write to us at storysharing@episcopalchurch.org.

FACULTY: Kevin Barron and Dr. Marion Schwartz
COST: FREE
DAY AND TIME: Begins Saturday, June 5th at 10:00 AM

Using the framework of the Episcopal Church’s “Becoming a Beloved Community” this course on antiracism will lead participants through four pillars rooted in the Baptismal Covenant: Telling the Truth about the Church and Race; Proclaiming the Dream of Beloved Community; Practicing the Way of Love; Repairing the Breach in our Churches; and Repairing the Breach in Society and Institutions. The course is designed to provide future and current leaders of the church with the knowledge and background to combat the sin of racism as an integral component of our Christian formation, particularly focusing on dismantling systemic racism within and outside of the institution of the Church. This course defines racism as the combination of racial prejudice, racial discrimination, and power and not the bad acts of misguided individuals.  The Beloved Community is defined as one that seeks and promotes justice for the least among us.

Special Note: Registration for this course will NOT take place on Populi like all the other courses.  Instead – please go to this Pre-Registration Form to register for the course.

Spiritual Health and Wellbeing during a time of Pandemic

Your spiritual health and wellbeing are of the utmost importance to us. As the impact of our Covid 19 continues during this time of unprecedented change, the SSFM Dean, Associate Dean and Advisory Board are as passionate as ever to keep everyone connected.

Recorded Webinars and Podcast Resources to Support your Ministries

Webinars and Podcasts with The Rev. Dr. Gina Campbell

In these recorded webinars and podcasts, we explore how to practice our faith in times of anxiety and find resiliency and courage. View these resources here. 

Living Evangelism during a time of Pandemic





How do we continue to make the most of every opportunity for evangelism in our new hybrid on-line and off-line world? Discover the interplay between discipleship and evangelism as a movement within the institutional church, the role of community and our need for belonging, and how God is leading us beyond our imaginations to create new ways to equip the church to go into our neighborhoods and join others in the Jesus Movement in this 10-week experience. Two church leaders, The Rev. Sr. Ingrid Andersen, and The Rev. Matthew Best will be our guides for deepening and strengthening practices of evangelism.

A special thank you to the Diocese of Central PA and The Roanridge Trust Fund for the funding and grant that permits us to offer the webinars and podcasts as leadership formation opportunities. 

Vocational and Ordained Ministry Courses

Vocational and Ordained Ministry Courses

  • 10-week online required academic courses for the Ministry of Deacon or Priest with weekly Zoom meetings
  • Courses available for Clergy continuing education

Shaped by Faith

Shaped by Faith

Learning opportunities

  • Prayer Practices & Bible Study
  • Stewardship & Parish Admin.
  • Outreach
  • Discernment
  • Way of Love & Becoming the Beloved Community

Podcasts: Join listeners and experience the Love of God

Follow the Story

Practicing Forward with Rev. Gina Campbell

Podcasts with Marsha Roscoe, Breathing in Christ

Shaped by Faith Lectionary

Collaborative Mission Center

Collaborative Mission Center

  • 5-week innovative and collaborative online webinars
  • Designed to fit your schedule
  • Qualified faculty who teach in other seminaries or universities

Lay Ministry Certificates

Lay Ministry Certificates

Grow in faith and strengthen your ministry through Bishop-supported Certificate programs:

  • Lay Preacher
  • Lay Worship Leader
  • Lay Evangelist
  • Lay Catechist

Learn more

Children, Youth, and Young Adult Ministries

Children, Youth, and Young Adult Ministries

  • Safeguarding God’s Children
  • Godly Play training
  • Training youth ministry leaders
  • Training youth for leadership
  • Diocesan youth programs

Children | Youth | Young Adult

Vital and Effective Leadership Institute

Vital and Effective Leadership Institute

  • Two year program for newly-ordained or new to the diocese
  • Builds collegiality among new clergy

Anglican Studies Certificate

Anglican Studies Certificate

  • Graduate credit certificate program with Lancaster Theological Seminary
  • 10-week Anglican Studies academic courses
  • Cohorts with LTS Students

The Stevenson School for Ministry believes that discernment is deeply important for spiritual growth. Through discernment, we explore the range of vocations (diakonia, priesthood, lay ministry) in which we as the Body of Christ can engage.  Discernment helps us learn to articulate the places where God is active in our lives through a process of listening, reflecting, and responding in circles of community.  And, actively engaging in discernment helps us to identify our gifts for ministry while discovering new learning opportunities to serve God and our neighbor.

The Stevenson School for Ministry is dedicated to the lifelong learning and discernment processes of all Episcopalians in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania and beyond.  We seek to make theological education available to all, because we believe it to be essential to furthering the mission and ministry of the Church.

Each 10-week vocational course and five week vocational course is designed and taught by one or more of our faculty who have a history of significant experience in teaching and academic achievement as well as involvement with the local church.

Fall, Winter and Spring terms begin and end with face to face residential retreats, however during the 2020-2021 academic year we will replace the residential retreats with Webinars.  All current students and faculty are invited to gather to engage in worship, learning and community building.

These webinar retreats also feature a special theme and keynote speaker. Students during these sessions are invited to engage in a topic that is essential to their theological, spiritual and faith formation growth.

Our learning platform, Populi allows students all access to online resources, lessons and the ability to enter into discussion threads as well as post assignments.  Through zoom sessions students and faculty participate in weekly course discussions with didactic teaching and peer learning. The Stevenson School for Ministry learning environment makes a theological education possible for those who need flexibility in their schedules due to careers, families, and more.

Our courses use a threefold approach to leadership development.  Students in our diaconate, lay, and priesthood programs can expect to grow in the following qualities of leadership:

  1. Spiritual Formation
    • Well-developed faith and an established relationship to Jesus Christ
    • A regular routine of daily personal and communal prayer
    • An established pattern of ongoing spiritual renewal
  2. Intellectual Formation
    • Communicate a knowledge of faith and church tradition
    • Courses offered for competency in all canonical exam areas
  3. Pastoral and Mission Formation
    • Practical theology to serve and develop congregational leadership
    • Gathering new insights on how to minister to and with others that includes accountability and evaluation to continue to be formed
    • Congregational and missional development skills

STATEMENT OF INCLUSION

The Stevenson School for Ministry affirms a commitment to equality of opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression preference, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other classification protected by law in admissions, financial aid, educational programs, housing and services, or in employment practices. Beyond the policy of non-discrimination, the SSFM acts affirmatively to attain a more balanced representation of under-represented racial and ethnic minorities in order to add valuable diversity to the life of the school.