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Online learning, webinars, podcasts & resources for you and your congregation

Ignited Fundraising

Fundraising in a time of Pandemic
led by Lori L. Jacobwith, one of America’s Top 25 fundraising and culture change experts.

Session I – September 19 – 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Follow up Session II – September 29 – 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

More information & to register

Worship in a Pandemic

Post Pandemic Church I- How will we continue harvesting spirit-led innovations post pandemic?
Thursdays at 6:00 PM beginning week of September 30

Shaped by Faith initiative in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, will enable church leaders to discern how we will guide the shaping our communities on the other side of Covidtide, facilitated by The Rev. Canon Chris Streeter,

Register Here

Bible Leaves Fall retreat

Encountering Jesus Together: Digital Fall Retreat
Led by Deacon Marsha Roscoe & Rev. Richard Jorgensen
October 5, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Register in advance for this retreat

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the retreat.


Encountering Jesus Together: Digital Gratitude Retreat
Led by Deacon Marsha Roscoe & Rev. Richard Jorgensen
November 7, 2020 from 09:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Register in advance for this retreat

Advent Wreath

Encountering Jesus Together: Digital Advent Retreat
Led by Deacon Marsha Roscoe & Rev. Richard Jorgensen
December 7, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Register in advance for this retreat:

Gospel Hospitality

Gospel Hospitality
Mondays at 6:00 PM beginning September 28

Students will learn how to examine their current context for intentional and unintentional gospel practices and inconsistencies.

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Say No to Racism

Racial Justice and the Body of Christ
Wednesdays at 6:00 pm beginning September 30

Using a framework of becoming, connecting and doing, this five-week course is designed to engage persons of faith in the work of co-creating with God a society in which racial justice is the norm.

Register here (Course Full: Wait List Registration Only)

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.

SSFM webinars 2020-2021

Fundraising in a time of Pandemic Webinars with Lori L. Jacobwith, facilitator, one of America’s Top 25 fundraising and culture change experts. September 19 & September 29.

More information

Rev Dr Patricia LyonsDoing Evangelism during a time of Pandemic: Is it still winter in Narnia
October 31 free Webinar with the Rev. Dr. Patricia Lyons

Do you want to learn more about how to evangelize during a time of Pandemic or discover ways to equip ourselves for evangelism?  The Rev. Dr. Patricia Lyons joins us for an engaging opportunity to more deeply discover an Episcopal vision for sharing the Christian faith to go deeper into our own relationship with God.

Registration coming soon.

Recorded Webinars and Podcast Resources to Support your Ministries

 Gina CampbellPracticing Forward with Rev. Gina Campbell
In these recorded webinars, learn more about and how to apply family and church Bowen Theory and leadership concepts in your ministries.

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


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.