Program for Theological Formation
The Program for Theological Formation trains persons to think and live theologically and ecclesially.
The Program forms persons to engage intentionally in the baptismal and eucharistic life of their congregations, and to help their congregations embody our Christian story in the world.
By enriching an understanding of the ministry of the whole Church, graduates of the program take active roles in their congregations and in the diocese to help the Church discern and engage in the ministry of Christ in the world.
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. Each term begins with a Saturday only introductory session.
Students who wish to complete the entire three year sequence of ESM courses should plan to begin the fall term by taking the Spirituality course. With permission of the Dean, you may take single courses that are of particular interest to you.