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Deacon Certificate

Listen to Bishop Audrey Scanlan discuss the ministry of a deacon
Listen to Archdeacon Jane Miron talk about the call to be a deacon
  • Read this article about preparing to be a Deacon in the Stevenson School for Ministry, click here.
  • For a comprehensive list of the competencies developed in our Deacon Track curriculum, click here.
  • Investigate the Association of Episcopal Deacons, an international organization that supports diaconal ministry here.

Curriculum – Deacon Track

Fulfilling all the requirements of the Stevenson School for a certificate does not guarantee your ordination.  Your Bishop and your Commission on Ministry will make final determinations.  However, our curriculum leading to a certificate is an ideal way to prepare you for this ministry.

To apply for this certification track, please send an email to either Dean Robyn Szoke-Coolidge  or Associate Dean Michael Nailor indicating your interest.  We will then send you an electronic application to be completed and returned to us.

Number of Courses Required

(Minimum of 13 Courses for Certificate)


The Holy Scriptures (2 courses)

Required: Introduction to Old Testament, Introduction to New Testament


History of the Christian Church (1 course)

Required: Church History II


Christian Theology (1 course)

Required: Theology I


Christian Ethics and Moral Theology (1 course)

Required: Ethics I


Christian Worship (1 course)

Required: Prayer Book Studies


The Practice of Ministry (6 courses)

Required: Anglican Approaches to Ministry, The Message of Mission, Homiletics, The Deacon’s Path, Deacons in Action, Field Education (involving a ministerial placement of 6-8 months)


Spirituality (1 course)

Required: Spiritual Practices for Today


Recommended Course of Study: Deacon Track


Semester Sessions

Weekend Orientation Session: currently via Zoom, traditionally in person, Friday through Saturday

Each Course: 10 weeks online work

Weekend Reorientation Session: currently via Zoom, traditionally in person, Friday through Saturday


Summer Sessions

One day Orientation Session: currently via Zoom, traditionally in person, Saturday 9am-3pm

Each Course: 10-week online work

Year One

Summer Term
  • Deacon’s Path
  • Becoming the Beloved Community


Fall Term
  • Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures
  • Anglican Approaches to Ministry


Winter Term
  • Theology 1
  • Anglican Prayer Book Studies


Spring Term
  • Introduction to New Testament
  • Anglican Church History


Year Two

Summer Term
  • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
  • Scripture Elective


Fall Term
  • Spiritual Practices
  • Deacons in Action with Internship
  • Canon Law (5-week course)


Winter Term
  • Homiletics 1
  • Scripture Elective


Spring Term
  • Ethics 1
  • The Message of Mission


Canonical Areas of Study for Ordination

The canons (III.6.5.f and III.8.5.g) require that preparation for ordination in all orders shall include training regarding:

  • prevention of sexual misconduct.
  • civil requirements for reporting and pastoral opportunities for responding to evidence of abuse
  • the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church, particularly Title IV thereof.
  • the Church’s teaching on racism


Additional Content covered in Orientation and Reorientation Sessions

Topics covered:

  • Discernment
  • Introduction to Theology and Theological Reflection
  • Issues in Pastoral Care
  • Spirituality
  • Spiritual Direction