Accessible seminary-level training for locally trained priests and deacons. Over a three-year cycle, participants take nine 21-hour courses. Most participants have completed Education for Ministry prior to taking this program, so courses are focussed on practical ministry concerns, assuming that participants already have a grounding in theology and bible. Courses are hosted by parishes around the diocese, which builds community and support for the program. A separate shorter course is offered for licensed lay ministers.
Basic orientation (eg. organization development, catechetical, or missional)
Primarily designed to be implemented by (eg lay or ordained; diocesan staff)
Participants are lay people hoping to become ordained to the priesthood or diaconate, or to become licensed lay ministers.
$250.00 per course; $99 for audit. Books extra. Participants are often billeted with local parishioners.
Instructors have doctorates or are high-level practitioners.
Three weekends (Friday evening to Monday noon) a year over three years.
Denominational orientation (eg. Anglican or other)
Broader context (eg. rural or urban; size of parish)
Rural and small parishes, although also relevant for larger urban parishes where alternatives to a seminary education are desired.
Ease of replication (eg. how easy would it be to start this in a new place?)
Relatively easy. The Diocese of Kootenay is interested in supporting other dioceses in adapting this program.
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Reviewed: May 25, 2016