About The SSFM

Learning Weekend
October 25 and 26, 2019
Registration Now Open

“How to Pray About The Broken Places of Our World”

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New Courses Begin November 1 for Ordained Ministry & Continuing Ed.
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Participate in Shaped by Faith Online Learning Opportunities

New Evangelism
Certificate Program

We are a learning community forming lay and ordained leadership for the church of today and the future.

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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

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
  • Five required student learning weekends

Collaborative Mission Center

Collaborative Mission Center

  • For lay ministry
  • 5-week non-academic courses for Shaped by Faith
  • Certificate programs for lay ministry
  • Opportunity to attend 5 learning weekends
    (Offered in collaboration with the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the ELCA)

Shaped by Faith

Shaped by Faith

Learning opportunities on:

  • Stewardship
  • Outreach
  • Vestry
  • Prayer practices
  • Bible Study
  • Jesus Movement
  • Discerning Gifts
  • Way of Love
  • Becoming the Beloved Community

Lay Ministry Certificate

Lay Ministry Certificate

To provide support for the ministries of the members of the body of Christ, we offer opportunities to grow in faith and strength in ministry through the following Certificate programs which are supported and licensed by our Bishop:

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

Courses Available to the Public

Public Courses

  • All courses are open to the general public
  • All learning weekends are open to the general public
  • Great options for confirmation preparation, Biblical studies, and all seekers and inquirers

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 & events

Children | Youth | Young Adult

Vital and Effective Leadership Institute

Vital and Effective Leadership Institute

  • Two year program for newly-ordained Clergy and Clergy new to the diocese
  • Clergy continuing education
  • Helps to build collegiality among new clergy

Anglican Studies Certificate

Anglican Studies Certificate

  • Graduate credit certificate program with Lancaster Theological Seminary
  • Anglican Studies
  • Cohorts with LTS Students