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Priest Certificate

Interested in Exploring the Ministry of the Priest?

For a comprehensive list of the competencies developed in our Priest Track curriculum, click here.

Curriculum – Priest Track

One of the special gifts of the Stevenson School is its ability to support you in the path towards priesthood without assuming that you are going to leave full-time employment or relocate to a traditional seminary.  Many of the priest positions in the Episcopal Church in general and in our diocese in particular will require you to maintain some other form of employment, thereby becoming a bi-vocational priest.

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.

For this curriculum information in grid form, click here.

Number of Courses Required

(Minimum of 20 Courses for Certificate)

 
The Holy Scriptures (6 courses)
  • Required: Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures, Introduction to New Testament
 
History of the Christian Church (2 courses)
  • Required: Church History 1 & 2
 
Christian Theology (3 courses)
  • Required: Theology 1 & 2
 
Christian Ethics and Moral Theology (2 courses)
  • Required: Ethics 1
 
Christian Worship (3 courses)
  • Required: Prayer Book Studies and Liturgical Theology
 
The Practice of Ministry (6 courses)
  • Required: Anglican Approaches to Ministry, Anglican Pastoral Theology, The Message of Mission, Teaching Ministry, Homiletics, Deacons in Action with Field Education (involving a ministerial placement of 6-8 months)
 
Spirituality (1 course)
  • Required: Spiritual Practices for Today

 

Recommended Course of Study: Priest 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
 
Additional Content covered in Orientation and Reorientation Sessions
Topics covered:
  • Discernment
  • Introduction to Theology and Theological Reflection
  • Issues in Pastoral Care
  • Spirituality
  • Spiritual Direction

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
  • Church History 1
 
Spring Term
  • Introduction to New Testament
  • Anglican Church History/Church History 2

 

Year Two

Summer Term
  • Becoming the Beloved Community 2
  • Scripture Elective
 
Fall Term
  • Spiritual Practices
  • Anglican Practical Theology
 
Winter Term
  • Anglican Prayer Book Studies
  • Homiletics 1
 
Spring Term
  • Ethics 1
  • Theology 2

 

Year Three

Summer Term
  • Scripture elective
  • Biblical language elective
 
Fall Term
  • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
  • Homiletics Elective
 
Winter Term
  • Anglican Liturgical Theology
  • Theology Elective
 
Spring Term
  • Ethics Elective – Anglican Ethics
  • Scripture Elective

 

Year Four

Summer Term
  • The Teaching Ministry OR
  • Scripture Elective
 
Fall Term
  • Deacons in Action with field placement
  • Canon Law
  • Winter Term
  • Message of Mission
  • General Ordination Exam (GOE) Prep
 
Spring Term
  • Scripture Elective
  • Christian Worship Elective
  • 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