The School for Christian Leadership – Three-year Certificate Program

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The School for Christian Leadership program is 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 meets one Saturday per month, beginning in September and concluding in April each year. Classes are held from 8:30 AM – 6 PM on the CRCDS campus and online. Books, lunch 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.


$1650 per year which includes books, lunches and mid-afternoon hospitality for 8 Saturdays.

Single Saturday participation: $250 including books, 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 Admissions Office at 585-340-9500.

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 (Provided)
  • 1:00 – 5:00 pm: Class with a 20 minute break

You can download a pdf of the 2016-2018 course schedule below.

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You can download a pdf of The School for Christian Leadership policies and procedures below.

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