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This program provides theological education by extension for lay people. Weekly seminar groups are led by a trained mentor. Needs at least six participants willing to make a significant commitment. While course material is advanced, the focus is not on intellectual discussion but rather on being challenged and equipped as baptised persons through study, prayer, and reflection. Also available on-line for those unable to attend weekly seminar groups.

Basic orientation (eg. organization development, catechetical, or missional)


Primarily designed to be implemented by (eg lay or ordained; diocesan staff)

Can be implemented by clergy or theologically educated lay leaders

Ease of replication (eg. how easy would it be to start this in a new place?)

Moderately easy—requires high commitment but the material and format are designed to be implemented in new settings.


$350 to $400 per semester. Complete program is four semesters.

Facilitator requirements

Needs a trained mentor

Approximate duration

Weekly seminar groups for nine months; complete program is four years

Denominational orientation (eg. Anglican or other)


Broader context (eg. rural or urban; size of parish)

All sizes and locations

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Reviewed: January 9, 2024