Preaching for Mission2019-01-09T16:05:37+00:00

During our 2018 season of listening and renewal process, you requested more opportunities to grow, strengthen and equip spiritual leaders, particularly in the areas of congregational renewal, discipleship, proclamation, spiritual practices, faith formation, evangelism, stewardship, social justice, and advocacy.  As January marks the turn of a new calendar year, God continues to make all things new.

To faithfully respond to God’s mission for us in this time and place, we are excited to share that in deeper cooperation and partnership with the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania and the state-wide Stevenson School For Ministry, there are more opportunities than ever before to grow, strengthen and equip lifelong spiritual leaders.

We invite you to consider these transformational courses and upcoming certificate programs designed to help us keep Jesus at the center of our lives.

In Partnership with the Stevenson School for Ministry (SSFM), New Online Courses for Mission

To help parish leaders joyfully and faithfully respond to Christ’s mission, The Stevenson School for Ministry now offers five-week course modules specifically designed for parish life.  These transformational courses help leaders explore The Way of Love as The Way of Life. Looking to Jesus as the model for our faith, we invite you to consider courses designed to help us keep Jesus at the center of our lives.

The Stevenson School For Ministry is a learning community forming lay and ordained leadership for the church of today and the future. The SSFM is dedicated to the lifelong learning and discernment processes of all Episcopalians in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania and beyond.  They seek to make theological education available to all, because they believe it to be essential to furthering the mission and ministry of the Church.

The Stevenson School for Ministry

Online Courses


Sharing the Lectionary

February 18 – May 4 (10 weeks)
This course is an opportunity for an online discussion for our Sunday lectionary lessons.

New Courses for Mission


The Message of Mission

February 18, 6:00 PM (10-week course)
The apostolic witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ is at the heart of the church's mission.

See all parish life courses here: https://diocesecpa.org/parish-life-courses/

Certificate in Missional Preaching – Begins Fall of 2019

Launching fall of 2019 is our new Certificate in Missional Preaching.  Through a series of retreats, webinars, and cohort gatherings, each participant will grow by listening and reflecting in community.  Designed to engage the entire congregation, the certificate program officially kicks off with Bishop’s Convocation in October.  Application and additional information coming this spring.

Learning Covenant

Among the requirements in the learning covenant:

  1. Each participant will participate at least monthly in a cohort with 3 other learners/practitioners.
  2. Each participant will have the support of their ministry’s leadership team.
  3. Every participating ministry will be challenged to be open to experiment and innovation to deepen learning and the impact of the proclamation of the Gospel in their midst.

Each participant will have a listening team in their congregation who will help them reflect on their learnings, and also to help them grow more fully.