Learn, Explore, Discover!
Over the fall of 2017, the Stevenson School of Ministry invites you to Learn with our courses, Explore with our Academy of Mission Formation events and Discover with our youth events.
Fall Course Questions? Contact Dean Szoke Coolidge. Email: email@example.com or 717-236-5959 x 112
To learn more about the Fall Course Instructors, click here
To view the Fall 2017 Orientation Weekend schedule, click here.
Church History I
Over the course of two residential retreats, eight lectures, and associated assignments and tutorials students will encounter eight crossroad moments in Christian History which reflect epic developments in the evolution of the faith community.
Hebrew Scripture Survey Course
Learn more about Covenant, and the journey of the ancient people of God. This course examines the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) as an expression of the religious life and thought of ancient Israel and a foundational document of Western civilization.
New Testament Survey Course
Designed to lead you to read the New Testament itself, New Testament Survey provides essential historical and cultural background information and carefully examines the content of each book in the New Testament
Prayer Book Studies I
Great for Inquirers and those new to the Episcopal Church This 10-week course will provide an overview of the history of the liturgy in the Western Church, Anglican Tradition, with an emphasis on the liturgical theology of the Book of Common Prayer, Baptism, and Eucharist along with the Daily Office.
Sharing the Lectionary with Dr. Deirdre Good.
Online weekly lectionary Bible Study through the use of video conferencing join this colleague group to engage in Biblical studies and exegetical practice while learning from each other.A wonderful opportunity to bring your questions and engage in Biblical teachings using the lectionary readings during the ten weeks of courses, prepare sermons, engage with others and join in with your questions.
The Deacon’s Path
This new course is designed for those thinking and wondering about the ministry of deacon and for those in the certificate program for the diaconate. Includes understanding the role of the deacon in the “Jesus Movement.”
If someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.” Systematic theology is the theological discipline that seeks to give an answer for the hope that lies within us. In this course, we will explore topics including the nature of God, Christology, Pneumatology, and Trinitarian theology.
Prerequisite for Ethics I and Homiletics I: Hebrew and New Testament Survey Courses, Theology I and Prayer Book I
At its best, the discipline of Christian ethics is nothing less than the adventure of learning about the nuances and contours of Christian discipleship. We will explore the sources of authority for ethical reflection, the relationship between ethics and doctrinal (or dogmatic) theology, and the history of ethics as a discipline. Then, we will explore ethical thought in ways that reflect the catholic and evangelical character of Anglicanism at its best.
How do you proclaim so that others may believe? Deepen your exegetical practices, strengthen your preaching, challenge yourself to reflect on your practice of preaching. Preach it Boldly, The Joy of the Gospel, an advanced course for clergy only; Homiletics as a spiritual discipline for effective preaching. How do you proclaim so that others may believe? Deepen your exegetical practices, strengthen your preaching, challenge yourself to reflect on your practice of preaching.
Discerning God's Call - Module 1
Using Bishop Edward Little’s book, Ears to Hear, Recognizing and Responding to God’s Call, invites those who are exploring their call to lay or ordained ministry to ask “Who is the God who is calling us?” This module looks at the stories of God’s call to ordinary people, gaining a deeper understanding of individual narrative, community narrative and their relationship to God and the nature of Gods’ call.Using Bishop Edward Little’s book, Ears to Hear, Recognizing and Responding to God’s Call, invites those who are exploring their call to lay or ordained ministry to ask “Who is the God who is calling us?” This module looks at the stories of God’s call to ordinary people, gaining a deeper understanding of individual narrative, community narrative and their relationship to God and the nature of Gods’ call.
Discerning God's Call - Module 2 - A Discovery of God's Gifts
In this four-week course, students will gain an awareness of the gifts they possess for ministry through identifying and reflecting on their experiences and telling their stories. Students will identify “solid,” “emerging,” and “hidden” gifts through reflection and in the context of small group interaction.
Special Course Offering
Conversations in Celtic Spirituality
This course is a five-week course specially designed for small groups in parishes.
This course will undertake a pilgrimage into traditional and contemporary Celtic Spirituality. We will examine the rich and deep traditions of the Celtic Christian movement with particular attention to the dynamics and rhythms of connectedness, presence, and engagement in a spirituality we can claim as our own in this 21st century.
August 12th Seminar for Finance and Administration
Moving from Survival to Mission
9:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Treasurer's, wardens, all vestry members and Stewardship leaders and all volunteer and salaried Parish Administrators, this conference is for you. Keynote and workshops; Financial development within the life of congregations and expectations for monitoring endowment depreciation through the rhythm of spending and investment. Year round stewardship practices, including Planned Giving Leadership Development. 101 basics for vestries and committees—this is for vestry leadership and folks new to vestries as well as best practices for Parish Administrators.
$35.00 per person, includes lunch and 3 or more group rate of $100.00
Join us on Saturday, August 12th, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
301 St. Thomas Rd.
Lancaster, PA 17601-4832
To register, please click here.
Applications are required for those in Vocational Discernment and are new to the program. Others, including new students taking Meeting God’s Call modules, do not need to fill out this application.
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