School for Ministry: Curriculum

The School for Ministry curriculum functions on a two-year cycle with each course taught once every other year. Which courses taken depends on the year in which the student begins study. We are currently enrolling for the Spring Semester of year two (Spring 2021). The full two-year course-load is intended to prepare students for diaconal ministry. For students called to the priesthood, we periodically offer a third year of study.

Year One

Fall Semester

Hebrew Scriptures I
Liturgics I
Seminar on Ordained Ministry

Spring Semester

New Testament I
Pastoral Care
Liturgics II
World Religions and Ecumenism

Year Two

Fall Semester

Hebrew Scriptures II
Church History

Spring Semester

New Testament II
Church Mission and Society
Christian Spirituality

Year Three

Third-years are intended to prepare candidates for successful completion of their General Ordination Exams, and coursework is established in consultation with the bishop, rector and dean of studies. Possible courses include:

Leadership and Congregational Vitality
Advanced Topics in Theology
Episcopal Church Polity
Missiology and Global Theologies
Bishop’s Seminar for Priests
Christian Education
Vision, Change and the Church of the Future
Theology for the Practice of Ministry

Spring Semester 2021

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!


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.