Ordination Track

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Forming leaders for God’s mission.

Formation for ordained ministry means more than taking classes.

The Episcopal Church in Minnesota sets its sights on the ministry of all the Baptized, sending our faith communities out of church buildings and into their neighborhoods.

So we need ordained leaders who see themselves as ministry developers prepared to facilitate deepening faith in the Good News of Jesus Christ, and equipped to go with God’s people out into the world to join in God’s mission of healing and wholeness.

New deacons and priests will need more than classes. They will need time spent in prayer, reflection and community, and active practice in ministry. The Ordination Track of ECMN’s School for Formation is designed to balance those needs.

With courses that take place online and in person, studies will cover the required canonical areas of study and prepare leaders to be equipped for the opportunities and challenges our faith communities face today.

Time spent in worship and cohort groups will hold space for deepening relationships with God, self, and others.

Internships and pastoral intensives will focus on active learning and experimentation with experienced mentors.


Learning Objectives*IMG_3692

At the conclusion of the initial course of study, students will be equipped to continue in their own discipleship, to make new disciples, and to equip those disciples to live in service to the Gospel, engaging God’s mission in the world around them.

Specifically, students will be able to

  • tell, reflect upon, and use the stories of Scripture, Christian practices, and Anglican tradition to inspire, heal, and form disciples for God’s mission. [FORMATION]
  • assist individuals and faith communities to listen to their cultural contexts, discern their particular gifts, and bring these together in a sustainable way to meet the needs of the world. [DISCERNING AND EVANGELIZING IN CONTEXT]
  • gather and equip faith communities to join God’s work in their neighborhoods and in the world. [EQUIPPING, PROCLAIMING, AND SENDING]
  • design and implement a long-range plan for their own development as faithful Christian disciples and leaders. [SELF-CARE]

* Statement prepared in consultation with faculty at Church Divinity School of the Pacific

Those preparing to serve as vocational deacons complete their coursework and internship in two years.

Those preparing to serve as priests complete their coursework in two years and spend an additional year in field education and Clinical Pastoral Education.

Our courses are open to anyone. Those in preparation for ordained ministry receive priority registration.

The School for Formation will meet at the new ECMN Retreat Center at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School.

Courses and Dates for the 2014-2015 year

The School for Formation Ordination Track in-person gatherings will take place on the dates below. For the open/close dates for the online portion of each class, check each class registration page.

Friday, September 5 – Saturday, September 6, 2014 | Learners and Teachers

Friday, October 3 – Saturday, October 4, 2014 | Anglican Approach to the Bible

Saturday, November 1, 2014 | Layers: The Story of the Old Testament [Cohort groups gather on Saturday evening, November 1]

Friday, December 5 – Saturday, December 6, 2014 | Missional Leadership: Participating in God’s Life and Love for the World

Friday, January 2 – Saturday, January 3, 2015 |  Prayer Book Studies I: The Sacraments

Friday, February 6 – Saturday, February 7, 2015 |  Anglican Approach to Theology

Saturday, February 7, 2015: 4-6pm: The Canons of the Church

Friday, March 6 – Saturday, March 7, 2015 |  Christian Spirituality and Practices

Friday, March 27 – Saturday, March 28, 2015 [Date changed to avoid Holy Week] | Liturgical Practicum I | Introduction to the Internship Year

Friday, May 1 – Saturday, May 2, 2015  |  Bible: New Testament and Synoptic Gospels

Costs and Scholarships

Each course costs $200, and includes overnight accommodation for those on the ordination track, as well as breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

Pending approval of your application, ECMN’s School for Formation offers matching grants to ordination-track students with financial need who receive supporting funds from their sending parish, up to $75 per course.

BookshopLogoComplete the Financial Aid Application and mail within five days of registering for your courses.  Plan to pay by check (rather than paying online with your credit card) if you are applying for financial aid. We will respond to your financial aid application before the course begins.

Books and Resources

Required readings are listed on each course page. All books are available at major booksellers online.

We invite you to consider contacting the Cathedral Bookshop at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Minneapolis to get your reading materials for each course. They are open 10am – 2pm, Monday through Friday, in the Cathedral offices.

Phone: 612.870-7800         Email: bookshop@ourcathedral.org


Contact the Rev. Susan Daughtry, Missioner for Formation | susan.d@episcopalmn.org

Fall 2014 School for Formation Prospectus