ESM Online: Now's the Time!

May 12, 2020
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by the Rev. Dr. Marshall Crossnoe,
Dean of the Episcopal School for Ministry

* download a brochure and registration form


During these unusual and challenging days, are you sensing God’s call to a deeper spiritual life? To new levels of theological understanding? To more focused engagement in Christian ministry? Perhaps now is the time for small-group on-line learning!

The Episcopal School for Ministry invites you to enroll for Summer Term (2020). Fully online classes in Christian spirituality and church history are now forming. Registration is streamlined, and the tuition cost is reduced.

Summer 2020 Course Descriptions

Christian Spirituality (CS)

Christian Spirituality explores the intimate relationship God has established with us, and the variety of responses disciples have made to God’s love over the years. From the meaning of the word— Spirituality—we will enter into an exploration of how the Psalms of the Hebrew Scriptures, the biblically informed wisdom of the Desert Mothers and Fathers, and the practical applications of this wisdom and Psalm-focused prayer life through the Benedictine and Celtic monastic traditions provide the foundations for Anglican Spirituality. We will immerse ourselves in Prayer Book spirituality, especially the Baptismal vows and the Daily Office, and explore how these two elements of our spiritual tradition provide us with a lens through which to describe our personal rhythm of life that can sustain, nurture, and help us flourish even in this usual season in the life of the world. This course serves as the introduction to the life of the school and forms the basis on which the rest of the work of the school is built.

Instructor - Donna Ruth Hawk-Reinhard, n/AF, D.Sc., M.Div., Ph.D


The Living Body of Christ (CH1)

The Living Body of Christ offers an overview of Christian history from decidedly theological and global perspectives. Participants will investigate “major moments of transformation” in the ongoing life of the Body of Christ during the last 2000 years. By exploring the complex formation and continuing adaptation of Christian worship, doctrine, structures, and mission strategies, participants will gain a deeper appreciation of the Church’s rich and dynamic past. They will find wisdom and inspiration for their own future engagement in the ongoing life and ministry of the Church. Coursework will include guided discussion via Zoom videoconferencing, reading, and writing assignments.

Instructor – The Rev. Dr. Marshall Crossnoe


About ESM: A Community of Formation

ESM is a community of formation in the Diocese of Missouri. Its course offerings and programs provide opportunities for prayer, study, and mutual support, all intended to enrich students’ vision and skills for ministry. For more information on ESM programs and courses visit our page on this website. 

ESM terms convene one weekend a month, for four months. Weekends (Friday evening and Saturday) are structured by Evening, Morning, and Noonday Prayer; discussion, and class time. The learning is challenging but rewarding, and accessible to all.


Summer 2020 schedule:

Weekends:  May 22-23,  June 26-27,  July 24-25,  August 21-22

Weekend Schedule: 

  • Friday evenings
    7:30 p.m. - Evening Prayer
    8:00 p.m. - Discussion
  • Saturdays
    9:00 a.m. - Morning Prayer
    9:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Morning Class
    1:00 p.m. - Noonday Prayer
    1:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Afternoon Class

Fee:  $175.00


  • a device with internet access
  • a (free) Zoom video conferencing app



Don’t delay — registration closes Thursday, May 21

Contact the Registrar (at or the Dean (at if you have questions.


Whether you have focused educational goals...

  • continuing education for licensed lay ministry
  • focused training for specific Christian service
  • academic preparation for ordination to diaconate or priesthood
  • a desire to explore the possibilities of more in-depth study and training for Christian service ESM online summer course might be right for you!


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