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INSTITUTE FOR MINISTRY

The Northwestern Pennsylvania Institute for Ministry Education is a collaborative ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania and the Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA. It was established in 2008 to encourage and enable partnerships to provide the resources necessary to prepare persons for particular ministries.

Preparation is provided for:

  • Persons seeking commissioning, consecration, or ordination;
  • Persons seeking licensed or authorized ministries;
  • Persons to be equipped for various ministries in congregations and communities;
  • Persons interested in deeper theological studies; and
  • Ordained and rostered leaders who desire significant Continuing Education opportunities.
  • For more information on the Institute, please contact the Rev. Canon Martha Ishman by phone (814.456.4203) or by e-mail.

    2014 Course Offerings

    Introduction to Scripture

    Focus audience: lay leaders & teachers from our congregations

    The Rev. Harold “Jake” Jacobson, Instructor

    Grace Lutheran Church, Clarion

    10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1

    Gathering 9:30 AM, Class 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    To register, contact the Rev. Joann Piatko at 814-558-0151 or jpiatko@dionwpa.org.

    Continuing Education Gatherings for Licensed Worship Leaders/Preachers

    Typical Agenda

    9:30 a.m. Gathering for coffee and conversation

    10:00 a.m. Sessions begins

    Noon lunch Bring your own lunch or visit a local food vendor.

    Afternoon Sessions continues…closing 2:00-3:00 p.m., depending on the needs and wishes of the group

    To register, email Pastor Jones at sjones@nwpaelca.org OR contact the Institute for Ministry Education at instituteforministry@gmail.com. Upon registration or when available, information about resources and advanced reading assignments will be shared with each participant.

    An Introduction to the Prophet Isaiah

    Date: Saturday November 15, 2014

    Gathering 9:30 a.m., Class 10:00 a.m. – 2/3:00 p.m.

    NWPA Synod Office, Pleasantville

    Instructor: Dr. Glenn Holland

    Missional Leadership Certificate

    The Institute for Ministry Education is pleased to announce its first certificate program of continuing education for ordained and rostered leaders of the Diocese and Synod. The Missional Leaders Certificate will assist current leaders to discover and nurture the abilities and gifts needed to engage in the missional work of God in the world, particularly as we face changing contexts in church and society.

    The program of study will include the following courses:

    •Fostering the Missional Heart (required introduction)

    •Leadership for Mission

    •Mission in Context

    •Appalachian Context

    •Missional Strategies

    •Emergent Church

    •Christian Witness in the Community

    Each course will include 12-24 class contact hours, generally to be scheduled on Saturdays at a location central to the participants’ needs. Class participation, reading, and assignments will be required. Assignments may be related to the participants’ interests or contextual concerns.

    It is the hope of the Advisory Council and the instructors that following the introductory course, participants will make the commitment to engage the entire certificate program by completing the remaining six courses. The program of study will be a 3-year commitment with two or three courses to be offered each calendar year. The fee will be $300.00 per course and may be paid over the 3-year period. Scholarships will be made available.

    The syllabus for the first course, Fostering the Missional Heart, is now available. Details of subsequent courses will be announced in the near future.

    To register, or for further information, you may contact Pastor Sandra Jones at the Synod Office or Canon Martha Ishman at the Diocesan Center.

    Devotional Resources

    A comprehensive list of devotional resources can be found on the St. Stephen's, Fairview, website.