School for Christian Leadership

School for Christian Leadership

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

Special Note:  The School for Christian Leadership is under a programmatic review during the 2021 - 2022 Academic Year. Admission into the 3-year course of study is suspended during this time. You are welcome to register for single classes in Fall 2021 or Spring 2021. For more information or questions please reach out to Polly Bush, Director of Admissions 

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. It is also suitable for those who want to continue their learning for personal enrichment.

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 Units (CEU) 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 online. They will be taught by CRCDS Faculty and Faculty Associates. Books, lunch and mid-afternoon hospitality on Saturday are 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.


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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

Download the Current Course Schedule Here.

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