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 January 2019)

Spring 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

Terri Hoffman

Spiritual Practice and Christian Formation Friday evenings (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.): Two classes in one! We have three sessions of Spiritual Practice led by Ms. Terri Hoffmann, spiritual director and former head of the Commission on Ministry for the Baptized. In the Christian Formation sessions, Dean Maureen Hagen – a #BaptizedForLife catechist – explores faith development, curriculum, and congregational learning and transformation. Both sections focus on praxis.

The Rev. Kerlin Richter

In the Highways, In the Hedges: the relentless hospitality of God Saturday mornings (8:45 – 11:45 a.m.): What is the role of the church in the world? Is there a line between the sacred and the secular? How is God calling you to live out your faith and live into your faith? The Rev. Kerlin Richter brings her passion and expertise as she engages students in these and other questions.

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

Dr. Brian Jones

New Testament II Saturday Afternoons (2:00-5:00p.m.): Students will examine the epistles and Revelation, including their historical, social, and cultural context, focusing on mastering content and learning strategies for reading strategies for theological reflection, practical application, and compelling communication to church members. We are pleased to have Dr. Brian Jones return to The Academy.

Download the course flyer (Word document).

Download the course flyer (pdf).

Class Dates:

January 25/26, February 15/16, March 1/2, March 15/16, April 5/6, May 3/4


Classes are held at St. Francis of Assisi, 8818 NE Miley Rd., Wilsonville, OR 97070. Map

Registration information:

Students may register for one, two, or three courses. All are welcome! The registration deadline is January 22, 2019.

Download the Spring 2019 Academy Application as a Word document.

Download the Spring 2019 Academy Application as a pdf.

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

Clinical Pastoral Education Opportunity for 2018-19

Non-Residential CPSP-Accredited Chaplaincy Education Opportunity in Western Oregon and Southwest Washington

After a very successful 2017-18 partnership providing Clinical Pastoral Education in multiple settings in the Diocese of Oregon and in SW Washington, The Academy for Formation and Mission is pleased to offer a 2018-19 unit. A new partnership of the Academy and the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP) will offer a fully CPSP-accredited, non-residential Clinical-Pastoral Education Program in the same innovative, extended format. This is designed for those who have experienced geographic or life-circumstance barriers to this training. Last year’s cohort included trainees who were able to accommodate full-time employment, graduate studies or family obligations while enrolled. Read more…