Diaconate path – 2017-2018


Considering a call to the Vocational Diaconate?

Information

deaconThe student considering a call to the Vocational Diaconate is advised to meet with your Rector and then meet with the Archdeacon. Discernment about this call takes place on parish and diocesan levels, separate from studies taken at ICS. The discernment process may take place while the student attends ICS.

Considering a call as a Lay Preacher or Lay Catechist:

Lay preacher and lay catechist preparation requires formal application to the Bishop and involves a course of study that meets canonical requirements.

Diaconal training is a separate course of study within the Institute for Christian Studies, and offers a full curriculum for those called to the vocational diaconate. This two-year curriculum seeks to empower those called to the ministry of deacon to better understand this call and to begin to experience this ministry, witnessing to the servant ministry of our Lord.

For a detailed overview of Diaconal training please refer to the Deacon Customary.

Unless otherwise noted, live classes are held at the Diocesan office, 1017 E. Robinson Street, Orlando, FL. The day begins with Morning Prayer at 8:30 a.m. and concludes by 3:30 p.m.

Of special note: Students in any ongoing program are strongly urged to seek regular counsel with a spiritual director. If you have a question about this, please see a faculty member or the dean.

Note: Online courses are available at any time and may be completed prior to the scheduled date of the class. TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR THE COURSE reflection papers for online courses must be received by Archdeacon Kristi Alday NO LATER THAN 30 days after the scheduled date of the course.

YEAR 1

Diaconal Students are required to attend all live courses when offered
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Introduction to Inductive Bible Study

Live Class - September 16, 2017 - $45

Instructor: Mr. Tom Phillips, Emmaus Ministries

For over 100 years Inductive Bible Study has been a major way scholars have interpreted and applied the Bible.  Tom Phillips, Executive Director of Emmaus Ministries will take us through a basic overview of the principles of Inductive Bible Study so that we can apply it’s tools and concepts to our daily study.

Old Testament Survey

September 30, 2017 - Online Only - $50

8 sessions, 1 to 2 hours each

Instructor: The Rev. Charlie Holt

The Old Testament is filled with stories of human faithfulness and failure, God’s judgment, and redemption. This survey class will provide an overview of every book in the Old Testament, and will explore the big picture of how the books function together and work redemptively for God’s people. Learn how to faithfully apply the Old Testament scriptures in the age of the New Covenant.

Doctrine

October 28, 2017 - Online Only $50

Instructor: The Rev. Christopher Brathwaite

8 sessions – 1 to 2 hours each

The doctrines we believe and follow are key to our Christian journey. In this course we will look at the doctrines of Condemnation, Justification, Sanctification, and Glorification using the Book of Romans and the Historical Documents of the Church. We also will look at the dynamic between Sin and Grace and how all of these doctrines are lived out in the Episcopal Tradition.

New Testament Survey

LIVE Class - November 11, 2017 - NOTE: PREREQUISITE FOR CLASS - Students must sign up for and complete viewing of Online New Testament class prior to attending on November 11. Be prepared to discuss material in class.

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Reggie Kidd

The New Testament is a book of what St. Paul once called “God’s many-sided wisdom”(Eph3:10), wisdom that is central to diaconal ministry. In this two-part “flyover” of the New Testament, we will explore each book’s promise and challenge for our call to do the work of the ministry: “to make Christ and his redemptive love known” where we “live, and work, and worship”, … and “to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world.”

Know The Heretics

December 9, 2017 - Online only - $25

Instructors: The Rev. Canon Dr. Justin Holcomb

Heresy dominates many conversations these days. The frequency and volume of accusations suggest that some Christians have lost a sense of the gravity of the word. On the other hand, many believers have little to no familiarity with orthodox doctrine or the historic distortions of it. This course provides an accessible “travel guide” to the most significant heresies throughout Christian history.

The Book of Isaiah

LIVE Class - January 6, 2018 - $45

Instructor: The Rev. Todd Schmidtetter

The Book of Isaiah is one of the most important books of the Old Testament.  while little is known of the personal life of the prophet, he is considered to be one of the greatest of them all.  It provides us with the most comprehensive prophetic picture of Jesus Christ in the entire Old Testament.  This course will dive deeper into this book which stands as a testament of hope in the Lord, the One who saves His people from themselves.

Our Anglican Heritage

January 20, 2018 - Online Only - $25

3 online sessions, 1 hour each

Instructor: The Rev. D. Scott Walker

We will examine the development of Christianity in Britain and later, the world. We’ll touch on several key characteristics and decisions that have formed the Anglican Church as we currently know it and consider what type of communion the Lord is calling us to be now and in the near future.

The Reformation

Live class on February 10, 2018 - $45

Live session

Instructor: The Rev. Tom Rutherford

This course will help you understand the ideas, events, and conditions leading to and resulting from the Protestant Reformation and subsequent Roman Catholic Counter-Reformation. You will meet the main players involved: Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Thomas Cranmer, and Ignatius Loyola, and their impact on contemporary Anglicanism.

Feasts and Festivals of the Old Testament

February 24, 2018 - Online Only - $25

3 sessions, 1.5 hours each

Instructor: David Newhart

God defined in the Old Testament Feasts and the offerings that were to be presented and how. Each of the offerings and Feasts had a specific purpose in deepening their relationship with God. In the New Testament these are not defined yet we read about Jesus attending them. Today the role of feasts and the offerings are celebrated peripherally in our worship. This course helps us to gain a deeper understanding and relationship with God in our present day worship And you thought Leviticus would be boring….

Sexual Assault / Domestic Violence

March 10, 2018 - Online Only - $25

4 sessions, 1 hour each

Instructor: The Rev. Canon Dr. Justin Holcomb

This is a study of various forms of violence and abuse and the theological and practical implications of the gospel of the Kingdom for these topics. Students will: gain understanding of the numerous dimensions of sexual assault and domestic abuse, become aware of the scope of the problem and its effect on victims, and formulate a theology about violence and abuse and articulate how gospel-based hope and healing relates to violence and abuse.

The Universe Next Door: Comparative Views

LIVE Class - March 24, 2018 - $45

Instructor: The Rev. David Newhart

Discover the foundations of competing worldviews where they align and diverge from Christianity. This course will help you understand the basic concepts of differing worldviews in a way that will aid you in defending the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Diakonia in a Modern Day World

April 7, 2018 - Online Only - $25

5 sessions, 1 hour each

Instructor: The Rev. Thomas Williams, Deacon

The deacon is the icon for servant ministry, the herald of the good news in Jesus Christ, and the one who leads the faithful into the world for mission and ministry. This course will focus on the places the deacon intersects with the church and the world.

Raising Up Leaders: A Paradigm Shift

April 21, 2018 - Online Only - 425

Instructor: The Rev. Jonathan French

This course will consider why leadership matters in the church, biblical models of leadership, whether or not you’re a leader, and how to attract more leaders both like and unlike you.  This course offers an entirely new and fresh perspective on leading.

YEAR 2

Diaconal Students are required to attend all live courses when offered
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Introduction to Inductive Bible Study

Live Class - September 16, 2017 - $45

Instructor: Mr. Tom Phillips, Emmaus Ministries

For over 100 years Inductive Bible Study has been a major way scholars have interpreted and applied the Bible.  Tom Phillips, Executive Director of Emmaus Ministries will take us through a basic overview of the principles of Inductive Bible Study so that we can apply it’s tools and concepts to our daily study.

Deacon 101 – Practical / Retreat

CANCELLED

Instructor: The Rev. David Newhart

To be held at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, Sebastian, FL

This retreat is intended to affirm the student’s call to ministry in the world and to share experiences together. Also, the student will have the opportunity to experience the liturgical set up of the Altar and all that is encompassed in preparing for worship.

The Book of Common Prayer

October 14, 2017 - Online Only

4 Sessions – 1 1/2 hrs each

Instructor: The Rev. Danielle Morris

This course will give you an understanding of the history and emphasis of Anglican worship. We’ll place the Prayer Book in the context of theological and historical development, and provide a connection between worship and living.  This course will give you a better familiarity with our BCP and an appreciation for the depth of instruction it provides.

Homiletics

TWO PART CLASS - Part 1 to be held on October 28, 2017 and Part 2 to be held on November 11, 2017 - Each Part $45

Instructor: The Rev. Rob Goodridge

There’s only one place in our 21st century culture, where people get cleaned up, hop into their cars, on their day off, drive several miles, walk into a building, and sit silently for 15 minutes listening to someone speak about important issues: The Sunday Sermon. This two part course will reveal exciting ways to create and deliver meaningful, biblical, proclamations of faith without watching parishioners check messages on their phones.

Practical Pastoral Ethics / Finding Margin in Your Life

December 9, 2017 - Online Only - $25

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Jon Davis

NOTE: The videos present two separate topics – Pastoral Ethics and Finding Margin

Practical Pastoral Ethics – As a Deacon the world will more often than not expect you to have the “right” answer.  This course will discuss how to look at situations from a pastoral perspective while staying true to Biblical teaching, doctrinal and ethical guidelines. This course will also help prepare you for the Deacon Ordination Exam.

Finding Margin – As a Deacon in God’s Church there will be times when it seems like you are being pulled in multiple directions at the same time.  It’s very easy to get over scheduled and emotionally, physically, and spiritually “run out of gas”. In order to serve God’s people well, we need margin in our own lives. This class will give you practical wisdom and tools to restore reserves to our overloaded lives.

The Pauline Epistles

LIVE Class - January 6, 2018 - $45

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Jon Davis

Often confused, misquoted, misunderstood by many, Paul was a man with a passion to know Christ and make Him known in the world.  Journey with Paul through the book of Acts and his letters to gain deeper understanding and appreciation for the work of Jesus Christ and the advancement of the Kingdom of God.

Addictions & Faith: Where Do They Intersect?

January 20, 2018 - Online Only - $25

4 sessions, 1 hour each

Instructor: Julia Suereth, MA

An in-depth look at the point where faith and God meet someone struggling with an addiction. Learn how spirituality can help free a person from the grips that deceive and control. Understand how dependence results from lack of connections and submission to God, and learn how to allow faith to be part of addiction recovery.

Mapping Your Ministry in The World

Live class on February 10, 2018 - $45

Instructor: The Rev. Danielle Morris

How does the gospel intersect with the world? Is the church a dead end, a rest stop, or a scenic route? How do your brokenness and giftedness combine to fuel your ministry? This course, drawing from 2 Corinthians, is designed to be practical, challenge you, and help you articulate your unique calling and commitment.

M.A.S.H. - Moving Ahead to Spiritual Health

February 24, 2018 - Online Only - $25

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Jim Sorvillo

As Christ’s body, the church exists by virtue of its participation in God’s mission, the missio Dei.  When dysfunction in the church distracts the body of Christ from this participation, the church is inhibited in its mission.  This class will offer practical tools for proactively identifying possible areas of congregational dysfunction and a responsive process for healing and reconciliation if and when they occur.

Social Media: Proclaiming the Gospel in the 21st Century

Live class on March 10, 2018 - $45

Live session

Instructor: The Rev. Canon Dr. Justin Holcomb

How do you proclaim the good news in the 21st century. Learn how technology can help you get the good news into the hands of those who need it most. This hands-on class covers websites as well as social media staples Facebook and Twitter. We’ll learn how to get local media to promote church events and cover other communication applications such as podcasting, blogging, and Skype.

Prayer Book Spirituality

Live class on March 24, 2018- $45

Instructor: To Be Announced

The Book of Common Prayer is not only a resource we use on Sunday mornings, but a rule of life that governs the spiritual disciplines of all the faithful. This course is designed to a Prayer Book spirituality which forms disciples of Christ in the way God desires.

The Episcopal Church in America - A History

LIVE Class - April 21, 2018

Instructor: The Rev. Tom Rutherford

How did the Episcopal church develop in America? what is “The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society”? Join Father Tom Rutherford, a passionate church historian, to learn more about where we have come from, and where we might be going.

DEACON ORDINATION EXAM

Live Test on May 5, 2018