Re-forming School for Ministry

In September 2015, the newly forming diocesan School for Ministry will begin the opportunity for everyone in the Diocese of Southern Ohio to participate.

Track One is for laity who wish to participate in theological education by attending topical seminars. The schedule of classes will be available in Connections and on the diocesan website. Classes meet at Procter Center according to the posted schedule. Cost per seminar is $30 and registration is required.

Track Two is for those who wish to be licensed as lay preachers. Lay Preachers are licensed by the diocese after completing a two-year curriculum of study and practice preaching (with feedback). Licensed preachers are allowed to preach anywhere in the diocese where the local priest, or in the absence of the priest the senior warden, invites them to do so. Training includes Biblical study, the study of the craft of preaching itself, and numerous opportunities to preach in class and receive feedback. The leaders of the class, the Revs. Stephen Smith and Joanna Leiserson, will evaluate each student and determine if they are approved for licensing. Cost is $250. Classes meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Procter Center every second Saturday (third Saturday in November) from September through May. Contact the Rev. Stephen Smith at if interested.

Track Three is for those who are seeking licensing as Worship Leaders, or those renewing their licenses. Worship Leader training is at least two weekends per year, with the renewal portion occurring on one weekend. Debbie Stokes, the Rev. Marjorie Menaul and Marti Rideout have been the instructors for this portion of the program. Cost for the fall is to be determined. Registration is required.

Track Four is Diaconal Formation and is for individuals who have been granted permission by the Commission on Ministry in their respective dioceses to attend. We welcome students from the Dioceses of Southern Ohio, Pittsburgh, and Lexington. Diaconal formation will continue to occur as part of a weekend curriculum.

Contact Canon Anne Reed at for more information about any School for Mininstry classes. Registration for classes will be available soon at



The Deacon in Worship (Course 2015-01)
Friday, September 11, 2015 9 a.m. to Noon

What is the deacon’s role in worship? Learn the distinctive place the deacon has in leading worship and how that role invites the entire worshipping community into ministry beyond the walls of the church building.

Theological Reflection: From Scripture to Theology (Course 2015-02)
The Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal
Friday, September 11, 2015 1 to 4 p.m.

Learn the basics of theological reflection and how we move from Scripture to a theological understanding of our faith through the lens of our personal and collective experiences of God.

Rule of Life and Beginning Prayer Practices (Course 2015-03)
The Rev. Douglas Argue
Friday, September 11, 2015 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Students will create or revise a personal Rule of Life. Additionally, students will practice some basic prayer techniques including using the Book of Common Prayer, extemporaneous prayer, silent meditation, and contemplation.

Biblical Exegesis Meets the World Today (Course 2015-05)
The Rev. Dr. Lee Anne Reat and the Rev. Stephen Smith
Saturday, September 12, 2015 9 a.m. to Noon

This class will explore the importance of scholarly study of the Bible’s historical and social settings as a precursor to application to pastoral and social issues within the context of the modern day.


The Ministry of Listening: Compassionate Communication (Course 2015-04)
The Rev. William Sangrey
Saturday, September 12, 2015 1 to 3:30 p.m.

All ministry, lay or ordained, requires empathic listening skills which invite the other into open and honest relationship. This class will explore techniques of effective, compassionate communication and include practice of those skills.



Theology of the Diaconate (Course 2015-06)
Pastoral Care in Hospitals and Nursing Homes (Course 2015-07)
The History and Theology of the Prayer Book (Course 2015-08)
Pastoral Care: Addiction and Mental Health (Course 2015-09)
Using the Five Senses as Entry to Prayer (Course 2015-10)


Community Organizing (Course 2016-01)
The Rev. Margaret Babcock
Friday morning, January 15 – Saturday late afternoon, January 17

The weekend long course will explore the elements of community organizing, from beginning a grassroots listening process, through research on issues, to systemic changes that affect our cities, towns and neighborhoods.


Diaconal Presence in Pastoral Visitation (Course 2016-02)
Characteristics of Healthy Congregations (Course 2016-03)
Living as Servants of Jesus (Course 2016-04)


Advocating on Behalf of Individuals and Families (Course 2016-05)
Generational Characteristics and Worship (Course 2016-06)
Making Moral Decisions (Course 2016-07)
The Future of Worship (Course 2016-08)
Worship Leader training (Course 2015-WL)