Forming eucharistically shaped community

December 07, 2017
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Continuing Education for Clergy:  Spring 2018:  Episcopal School for Ministry

  • What is the connection between the Vestry or Bishop’s Committee table, the dinner table, and the altar? 
  • What do decision-making, fellowship and worship have in common?

Forming eucharistically shaped community:  Spiritual formation in congregational worship

This course is offered for the clergy of the Diocese of Missouri.  Bishop Smith, in his address to the 178th Convention of the Diocese of Missouri, said that he believed we, as a Church, needed to live into the ecclesiology of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, before we consider approving a new revision.  He also claimed that the 1979 Book of Common Prayer has an explicitly baptismal ecclesiology.  This ecclesiology has profound implications for the way in which congregations worship, envisioning as it does, the congregation taking a high-priestly role on behalf of the world.  This course will explore ways in which ordained leadership can bring such an understanding of worship to the fore in congregational life, and what implications such an understanding has for other aspects of parish life such as governance, presence in the neighborhood, and Christian formation.

The class will meet from 9:00 – 11:00 am on three Saturdays:

  • January 27, 2018
  • February 24, 2018
  • March 24, 2018

Cost for the course is $100.  Scholarships available, either from ESM or the Commission on Ministry.  Childcare will be provided. To register, email ESM Dean the Rev. Dan Handschy at

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