Welcome to the Episcopal School for Ministry
Making Disciples of Jesus For the Ministry of the Church
The Episcopal School for Ministry is a community of faith, forming disciples of Jesus for all the ministries of the baptized. Through programs, workshops, and conferences, there are opportunities for a deeper exploration of the Christian faith and life, and for the discernment and equipping of one’s place in the mission of the Church for the life of the world.
This is a school in the ancient Christian sense: a place, a gathering of the faithful, where Christ continues to teach his disciples.
ESM enriches students' capacity for ministry. The school provides options for those called to ordination and also for those seeking to develop their skills as lay ministers.
Program for Theological Formation
The life of the Episcopal School for Ministry is a comprised of worship, fellowship, and study. We gather for prayer, learning, and mutual support. Each weekend that the School meets is structured by Morning and Evening Prayer, the Eucharist, and Compline. We share meals together, and we share our journeys of discipleship with each other. Many students cherish these weekends as a mini-retreat. The learning is challenging but accessible to all types of students. We have students with advanced academic backgrounds and others with very little educational experience after high school.
The Theological Formation program addresses the basic subjects of theology: Old and New Testaments; Tradition, including Anglican tradition; Theology; Sacraments; Spirituality; Liturgy; and Preaching. The program is a three year sequence comprised of three terms each year. Each term (Spring Summer, and Fall) is held on three weekends from Friday evening through Saturday afternoon. Two half days on the Saturday preceding and following program weekends are the introduction and wrap-up, respectively. Students who wish to complete the entire three year sequence of ESM courses should plan to begin the fall term by taking the course in Old Testament. With permission of the Dean, you may take single courses that particularly interest you.
In the Theological Formation program: all classes, worship, and meals are at Eden Seminary campus in Webster Groves, Missouri. Overnight accomodation is available.
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Application and Fees
The application form is available online in .DOC format. You may also email or phone the registrar for a hard copy.
Application for the Theological Formation program
The fee for one term of the Theological Formation program is $400, which includes Friday evening dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch. The charge for overnight accomodation is $50 per term.
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