The Bishop Dean T. Stevenson Diocesan School for Ministry

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

Vision and Mission: To make theological formation accessible to all in order to strengthen the Christian community and develop new leadership skills for mission and ministry in the 21st century culture of Central Pennsylvania.



The Stevenson School for Ministry is an on line-hybrid education and formation opportunity to grow in faith and leadership.  Established in
2014 following a 25-year diaconal certificate program in the Diocese, SSFM has grown to serve three diocese in their vocational development needs, in
continuing education and above all to develop learning communities to deepen faith and mission.  Our mission is to form lifelong leaders and
disciples through academic and practical studies that leads toward a maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for
lives of service, and reconciliation in church and society.


Student reflection on the Stevenson School

Michael Nailor, secretary of the SSFM Board


Student reflection on the Stevenson School

Kevin Barron, co-Chair of the eliminating racism task force and student


Questions? Please contact the Rev. Canon Robyn Szoke-Coolidge, Dean of The Bishop Dean T. Stevenson Diocesan School for Ministry.

Moodle Link




Summer 2017 Stevenson School for Ministry

Learn, Explore, Discover!

Over the summer 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.

Summer Courses Questions?  Contact Dean Szoke Coolidge. 

Email:  or 717-236-5959 x 112

Register here


Three SSFM course options to choose from:

Course Option 1

Reading Spiritual Classics for Today - The Rev. Canon Katherine G. L. Harrigan

Over the course of five online lectures, discussions and assignments, students will learn about:

1. important teachers of Christian spirituality

2. five main streams of Christian spirituality

3. spiritual disciplines that can change our lives

4. everyday techniques for Christian spiritual practice

5. commitment to Christian spiritual living through a Rule of Life

Register here

Course Option 2

Parish leadership for growth in the smaller congregation; Capturing the Prophetic Voice of the Small Church - The Rev. Dr. Duncan Johnston

Through required reading and assignments, class discussions, class meetings and video conferences, participants will learn about the unique gifts that can be found in small churches.  Stories of small church success and failure will be shared in the form of case studies.  This course is focused on vestry and warden leadership.  Teams from parishes are encouraged to engage in this learning together.

Register here

Course Option 3

Insight, Inspiration and tools for the Engaged Leader - The Rev. Canon Daniel (Dan) Morrow

"Drawing on  insights, models, and tools from the fields of Organization Development, Congregational Development, and the Missional Church movement, this course is designed to help the leader think strategically about, and engage with, their community and their church as they strive to discern and join in the mission of God." 

Cost per 5 week course module is $150.00 for individuals or discounted group rate of  $100.00 for group leader and $25.00 per each person in the group.

Register here

Explore with the Academy for Mission Formation

Godly Play Core Training, June 17th  

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Commuter Core Training: Engaging God’s Playful Word: Parables & Honoring the Spirituality of the Child for the church and the home, all are welcome, come and explore, scholarship available. Read Teaching Godly Play: How to Mentor the Spiritual Development of Children.

By Jerome W. Berryman

Standard Registration $ 125 per training Day includes breakfast and lunch for more information or to register

*Scholarships are availabe for 1/3 of the tuition. To download the form click here.

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

Why join this Bible Challenge? - Scripture has something to say to us: "How do we 'talk' with the Bible? To contemplate doing so requires us to think of voices of scripture, voices that very much want to talk with us, want us to hear them, want us to be shaped and formed through the process of listening and taking them seriously." – Dr. Donn Morgan in Talking with the Bible  CLICK HERE


Read A Book Together Why read a book together? -

It doesn’t take an expert to lead a book discussion, because we all share the responsibility of reflecting on the text and discussing how it might affect our lives - It gives everyone a common language and story that can help us discuss difficult issues and work together in the future - The book chosen can draw an interesting group of people together who might not otherwise enter into a deep discussion together - A book brings outside wisdom and experience into your congregation.

Do an art project together - Intergenerational ideas for your Wednesday soup and prayer events.  Consider a variety of ways to engage the stories of Lent and have an art response. CLICK HEREFaith and Wonder


Useful Documents:

Vocational Formation Deacon

Vocational Formation Priesthood

Vocational Process Reports - Transcript Form