Academy for Formation and Mission

Academy for Formation and Mission

acad_logo_redThe 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: Three year course design (updated August 2019)

Fall Term 2019

Faith meets World Friday Evenings (5:00 – 5:50 p.m.): an exploration of baptismal, diaconal, and presbyteral formation in context of the world

Vocational & Ministerial Identity Friday evenings (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.): If vocation is where your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need, where might God be calling you? We are called in baptism to be Christ’s own forever and from this beginning emerges vocation. We find our joy in living into our baptism. Some callings require licensing, others require community endorsement, a few a bishop’s consent. Students learn through reading, guest presentations, and conversation. Vocational & Ministerial Identity Syllabus

Church History I Saturday mornings (8:45 – 11:45 a.m.): As part of a two-term course, students engage the major events affecting the beginnings, growth, and institutionalization of Christendom, spanning the Early Church through the Reformation. Led by ever-popular instructor, Dr. Shawn Keough.

Academy Eucharist (12:00-1:00 p.m.): an integral part of an Academy weekend and includes diocesan clergy. Academy students share liturgical responsibilities including planning, reading, preaching, acolyting, and writing prayers of the people.

Dr. Brian Jones

Hebrew Scriptures I Saturday Afternoons (2:00-5:00p.m.): This course familiarizes students with the content and structure, distinctive theology, and introductory matters of the Hebrew Scriptures. Dr. Brian Jones returns to The Academy to teach the focus of his doctoral work. 

Download the Fall 2019 course flyer (Word)

Download the Fall 2019 course flyer (pdf)

Class Dates:

September 20/21, October 11/12, November 1/2, December 6/7, January 10/11


Classes for September 20/21 will be held at St. Timothy’s, 3295 Ladd Ave NE, Salem, OR 97301.

All other classes will be held at St. Francis of Assisi, 8818 NE Miley Rd., Wilsonville, OR 97070.

Registration information:

Students may register for one, two, or three courses. All are welcome! The registration deadline is September 10, 2019.

Download the Fall 2019 AFM application (Word).

Download the Fall 2019 AFM application (pdf).

Please contact director the Rev. Deacon Maureen Hagen if interested at