Academy for Formation and Mission

Academy for Formation and Mission


The mission of the Academy is to develop a community of seekers, workers, learners and listeners eager to carry out the Gospel in word and action. It does so primarily through rigorous, semester-long course work integrated with in-depth practical experience, providing lay and ordained leaders with the theological education and spiritual formation to serve the ever-changing and challenging 21st-Century church.

The Academy for Formation and Mission provides a quality, affordable, diocesan formation opportunity for priests, deacons, and lay leaders. The Academy’s course work, practical experience, and community life prepare students for traditional and pioneer ministries. Enrollment is limited, but we are dedicated to developing classes that enable all participants to grow more fully in their ministries.

For a look at a three-year plan of study, download this document: AFM 3 year design (2017)

Fall Term 2017

The Academy is in session from 5:00 Friday evening through 5:00 Saturday evening. Students are encouraged to participate in discussions focused on baptismal, diaconal, and presbyteral formation that begin at 5:00 on Fridays. Students are invited to build community through sharing a meal from 6:00-7:00. The core classes meet on Friday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00, Saturdays from 8:45-11:45 and 2:00-5:00. Morning Prayer begins our time together on Saturday (8:30) and we celebrate Eucharist at 12:00. During the lunch break students with field-education placements meet for a seminar discussion of their experiences. In addition, students are invited to preach and to participate liturgically in our services.

Classes offered this term are:

Church Vitality in Community & the World (Friday evening; $175)
Prayer Book Liturgy (Saturday morning; $230)
Historical Theology I – pre-Nicene era through late Middle (Saturday afternoon; $230)
Field Education Seminar (Saturday at 1:00; $60)

For course descriptions and instructor information, read AFM Course Offerings – Fall 2017

We will meet these weekends: 15/16 September, 13/14 October, 17/18 November, 8/9 December, 19/20 January. All classes will meet at St. Francis in Wilsonville, just east of Exit 282(B) on I-5.

One should view an Academy course as a commitment of time and energy, represented by the payment of tuition, regular and punctual attendance, and thoughtful participation. One’s admittance to a class constitutes an agreement to pay tuition ($230 per Saturday class/$175 for Friday class/$60 for Field Ed seminar, or a total of $575). Tuition is not refundable after the term has begun.

Applications are available here:
AFM Academy Application Fall 2017
Applications are due September 8.

Please contact for more information.


Additionally, we are offering Clinical Pastoral Education through HealthCare Chaplaincy Network ($575 for one unit of CPE; $275 for Academy students who are enrolled full-time). To find out more, see