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Save The Dates: April 4 & May 2
Free Webinars with Rev. Dr. Gina Campbell

Are you ready to take a deeper dive into navigating change through mission and leadership in the church? Are you a part of the Diocesan Shaped by Faith initiative? Do you want to learn more about and apply family and church Bowen Theory and leadership concepts?
Don’t miss these two online learning opportunities from 10:00 a.m. – Noon.

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

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

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

Podcasts

An Invitation to Follow the Story

Shaped by Faith

Podcasts for Epiphany

Join listeners and experience the Love of God.

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 course is developed and taught by one or more of our excellent faculty. Fall and Spring terms begin and end with weekend-long residential retreats where all current students and faculty gather in community to have the first session of their classes in person.  These retreats also feature a special theme and keynote speaker. Sharing meals, worship, and learning sessions in person during these weekends allows students to engage in a piece of education that is essential to theological growth: building community.  Between the retreats, students use Moodle, an online learning platform, to access online video lectures, read and post assignments, and participate in weekly course discussions. This hybrid face-to-face and online 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.