School for Ministry

Episcopal Diocese of San Diego School for Ministry
The School for Ministry (SFM) is a theological training program for anyone interested in learning more about Hebrew Scriptures, Christian Scriptures, church history, liturgics, pastoral care, global Anglicanism and more. It is open to all adult learners: people considering ordained ministry, as well as people interested in deepening their knowledge and understanding of these topics.

Auditing a course is welcomed and encouraged, as is visiting for one class to see how you like it.

Spring 2021

Schedule

7:15 a.m. – 7:50 a.m. Check-in and Morning Prayer
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. New Testament 2 with Dr. David Moseley
10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Church Mission and Society with Canon Christian Gillette
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Theology with Dr. Mark Mann, the Rev. Dr. Mark Hargreaves, and Dr. Orlando Espin
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Christian Spirituality with Dr. Michael Christensen

No class on February 20 (Leadership Academy) & April 3 (Holy Week)

Important Dates for Spring 2021 Semester

January 6 New Student Orientation
January 9 First Day of Class
February 20 No Class – Leadership Academy
April 3 No Class – Holy Week
April 10 Last Day of Class
December 17 Final Papers/Projects due to instructors

 

If you have inquiries of a non-academic nature, including course enrollment, fees and admission policies, please contact Alyson Terry, aterry@edsd.org or 619-481-5455.


Course Descriptions

New Testament 2

The New Testament 2 class builds on the examination of the Gospel accounts covered in New Testament 1. As well as Peter, Jesus’ leading disciple, much of our focus will be on the figure of the apostle Paul as we study his life and his various letters. Paul is the dominant figure in early Christianity, who takes the message of the Gospel “global” by preaching to the Gentiles throughout the (eastern) Greco-Roman world. We will also encounter other leaders of the “Jesus Movement” who contributed various letters, sermons and apocalyptic visions to the literature of the New Testament, attuning ourselves to the issues and disputes in the nascent Christian community. Students will be exposed to the literary genres, forms and motifs that comprise these writings; and the texts will be placed in the historical, cultural, sociological and religious milieu of their audience.

Church Mission & Society

Why does The Church exist? What is the mission of The Church? How are we to be The Church in the 21st century?
These are just a few of the questions that we will explore throughout this course. With a focus on the practical applications of Episcopal missiology, this course will give students an opportunity to learn new ways of being in their communities, to experience and experiment with missional strategies, and to participate in actual mission development. Join fellow classmates on a journey as we explore in both theory and practice, how to participate in God’s mission in the world!

Theology

In this course, students will explore many of the key themes and doctrines in Christian theology through the lens of their historical development, from the Apostolic Age to the Twentieth Century. They will also explore the intersection of these themes and doctrines in the life and worship of the church today.

Christian Spirituality

Using the lens of Henri J. M. Nouwen’s (1932-1996) — Roman Catholic priest, psychologist and professor — writings, students in this course will experience the depth and breadth of the 2000+ year history of Christian spirituality. Coming to know and understand the text and historical context of selected writings, participants will learn to recognize the contributions of a wide range of leading figures, including but not limited to, Augustine, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Julian of Norwich, Brother Lawrence, Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day, and Richard Rohr. This course will be a biweekly hybrid of interactive online learning alternating with meetings with the instructor.



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