Coppage-Gordon is the adult formation arm of the diocese, working to form leaders of all orders and all corners of the diocese, including those training for ordained ministry.
The Academy for Vocational Leadership is a local three-year program of preparation leading to the diaconate or the priesthood.
The Academy is a collaboration with the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan and is based on the Iona Collaborative, a local formation curriculum developed by the Seminary of the Southwest in conjunction with the Iona School for Ministry of the Diocese of Texas.
The next class will begin in the fall of 2023. The program begins with a weekend retreat in August.
In order to begin this program, an applicant must receive the endorsement of the clergy and vestry of the applicant’s home parish. In addition, the applicant must have begun the ordination process with the Commission on Ministry and reached Nominee status prior to beginning the Academy.
Class weekends are held once a month, either online via Zoom or at the St. Francis Retreat Center in Dewitt.
The cost of the program is $4,300/year which covers tuition, overnight accommodations, and meals for each of the 10 sessions, as well as the August retreat. In addition, the cost of required textbooks will range from $100-175 per year. The Diocese of Eastern Michigan will provide a scholarship of $1,000 for each student from this diocese. Financial support from the student’s home parish is an expectation. Students are urged to approach their home parish for any needed financial support.
The application includes three parts:
Please send all of the forms to:
The Rev. Canon Dr. Tracie Little
Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan
124 N. Fayette Street
Saginaw, MI 48602
WORSHIP LEADER TRAINING
According to the Canons of the Episcopal Church, a Worship Leader is a lay person who regularly leads public worship. In the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan worship leaders are often charged with more than leading Morning or Evening Prayer. They often plan services as well. Therefore, some exposure to church history, the church year and symbols, church polity, scripture, and music is included in the workshop.
Cost is minimal, covering materials and lunches. Specific dates, time, and sites will be announced 4-6 weeks prior to the offering of the workshop.
At the conclusion of the workshop each participant will be given a copy of the worship leader examination to be completed and sent in. Each person to be licensed is also required by diocesan policy to take the Safeguarding God’s People training offered through the Diocese and undergo a criminal background check.
Occasionally, more advanced and specific worship leader trainings will be offered.
The basic introduction to leading worship in your congregation. This class is for new worship leaders. Following the class, participants will need to take an exam in order to complete their licensure.
January 28, 2023 from 10-2pm at St. John’s, Mount Pleasant – Worship Leader II
June 3, 2022 from 10-2pm via Zoom – Worship Leader I
$25/person. Click here to register.
Training to become a licensed preacher in the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan consists of two components:
After successful completion of both the Holy Scripture and Homiletics classes, Safeguarding training and a background check are required. Following completion of all requirements, the diocesan office will issue a preaching license.
The 2022-23 school year will be a mixture of in-person at the St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt and online via Zoom. The cost to participate in both classes is $1,000 (or Bible only for $720). During the weekend, participants interact with Academy students at meals, worship, and break times. Each Saturday follows the same pattern, with the Bible course taught from 9:30-3:30pm and Homiletics taught fr
If you would like to talk about these classes, please contact the Rev. Canon Dr. Tracie Little at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the office, 877-752-6020.
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