Three-year Certificate Continuing Education Programs

The Thurman King School of Black Church Leadership

The School for Christian Leadership

Three-year Certificate Continuing Education programs to train Christian leaders for the 21st century church

The Thurman King School of Black Church Leadership and the School for Christian Leadership programs are designed to prepare persons for various kinds of parish ministry, such as deacons and/or locally ordained priests in the Episcopal Church, Commissioned Lay Pastors, Lay Preachers or other designated titles.

Those who take the full three year cycle will be awarded a certificate by CRCDS at Commencement in May of the third year of the program. Application for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits may be made to the CRCDS Registrar for a nominal fee.

The program will meet one Saturday per month, beginning in September and concluding in April each year. Classes will be held on the CRCDS campus and will be taught by CRCDS Faculty and Faculty Associates. Breakfast and mid-afternoon hospitality on Saturday is included in the tuition.

Christian leaders who do not wish to enroll for the full Certificate Continuing Education program may choose to enroll for individual Saturdays. These students are not required to write papers or take examinations, but are expected to do the reading assigned for the day in order to participate fully in the class. The individual Saturday option is dependent upon remaining space available and subject to permission of the instructor.


$1400 per year which includes lunch and mid-afternoon hospitality for 8 Saturdays.

Single Saturday participation: $200 including lunch and mid-afternoon hospitality

How to Apply

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For a paper application, click here download (mailing instructions included).


Please call the Academic Life Office at 585-340-9588.

Three Year Course Cycle

Each year will cover material in four areas.

1) Foundational Texts

2) Engaged Ministry: Personal, Professional and Pastoral Development

3) Worship and Liturgy

4) The Church Encounters the World

Schedule for Each Saturday

  • 8:30 am – Opening Prayer
  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Class with a 20 minute break
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 – 4:00 pm: Class with a 20 minute break
  • 4:00 – 4:30 pm: Mid-afternoon hospitality
  • 4:30 – 6:30 pm: Class

You can download a pdf of the Thurman King School and the School for Christian Leadership brochure below.

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