School for Ministry: Curriculum

The School for Ministry curriculum functions on a two-year cycle with each course taught once every other year. Which courses taken depends on the year in which the student begins study. We are currently in the Fall Semester of year two (Fall 2020). The full two-year course-load is intended to prepare students for diaconal ministry. For students called to the priesthood, we periodically offer a third year of study.

Year One

Fall Semester

Hebrew Scriptures I
Liturgics I
Seminar on Ordained Ministry

Spring Semester

New Testament I
Pastoral Care
Liturgics II
World Religions and Ecumenism

Year Two

Fall Semester

Hebrew Scriptures II
Church History

Spring Semester

New Testament II
Church Mission and Society
Christian Spirituality

Year Three

Third-years are intended to prepare candidates for successful completion of their General Ordination Exams, and coursework is established in consultation with the bishop, rector and dean of studies. Possible courses include:

Leadership and Congregational Vitality
Advanced Topics in Theology
Episcopal Church Polity
Missiology and Global Theologies
Bishop’s Seminar for Priests
Christian Education
Vision, Change and the Church of the Future
Theology for the Practice of Ministry

Fall Semester 2020


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How To Embody the Love of Jesus
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of Christian moral theology — the study of what sort of people God is calling us to be as individuals, as members of Christ’s body, and as residents of the modern world. Students will survey the history of Christian ethics and develop the tools to apply Scripture, Church tradition, and philosophical reasoning to the principles of Christian conduct, the process of ethical discernment, and the practices of moral formation.

Church History

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This course will bring to life the saints and sinners, the heroes and villains of the Church. We will look at the major movements, doctrines, persons, institutions, ideas, and events that shaped the Church’s journey within the wider political, social and economic developments from its beginning to our present day.

Hebrew Bible 2

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A Deep Engagement with the Prophetic Books and the Miscellaneous Writings in the Hebrew Scriptures
The Mission of the Biblical Literature Classes at SFM is to Nurture Students towards a Nuanced, Critical Interpretation and Understanding of the Texts of the Scriptures. This class is the second part of a two-part course that forms an introductory survey of the many writings compiled into the Hebrew Bible. The literature found in the Hebrew Bible was composed and edited over the course of more than a millennium before the birth of Jesus. Students will be exposed to the literary genres, forms and motifs that comprise these writings. The texts will be placed in the historical, cultural, sociological and religious world of their audience. Students will learn a variety of techniques, which are helpful in the analysis of Biblical texts: these include analysis of form and structure, as well as genre, historical and redaction criticism. Students will be encouraged to put knowledge to use as they apply Biblical interpretation to theological construction and pastoral practice.


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Discovering our Roots
In this course we will look at the history of the Anglican church from its origin in the time of Henry V111 to the end of the 19th century. We will see how Anglicanism evolved during that time and how it made its way to America. Along the way we will be constantly reminded of how our understanding of the past can inform the present.

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