Episcopal School for Ministry

Welcome to the Episcopal School for Ministry

Making Disciples of Jesus For the Ministry of the Church

The Episcopal School for Ministry convenes as a community of formation in the Diocese of Missouri.

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.

The School offers the ongoing Program for Theological Formation, a three year course of study, beginning a new term each August.

ESM also offers the Program for Congregational Vitality.

ESM plans a colloquium on eucharistic theologies.

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.


In the Theological Formation and Congregational Vitality program: all classes, worship, and meals are at Eden Seminary campus in Webster Groves, Missouri. Overnight accomodation is available.

More information on location, maps, and driving directions.

Application and Fees

The application form is available online in .DOC format. You may also email or phone the registrar for a hard copy. (ESMRegistrar@diocesemo.org)

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.




ESM Academic Year Dates


Fall Term

  • August 25, 2018 (Saturday only)
  • Sept. 28-29, 2018
  • Oct. 26-27, 2018
  • November 30 - December 1, 2018 

Winter/Spring Term

  • December 15, 2018 (Saturday only)
  • January 25-26, 2019
  • February 22-23, 2019
  • March 22-23, 2019

Summer 2019

  • April 27, 2019 (Saturday only)
  • May 10-11, 2019
  • June 28-29, 2019
  • July 26-27, 2019




ESM Board

More Info

Contact ESM Dean, the Rev. Dr. Dan Handschy
Scroll down for current ESM board membership.