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 2018

The Rev. Wes Sedlacek

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

Pastoral Care Friday evenings (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.): In this class students learn basic skills used in pastoral care while engaging in ministry. With a dozen years’ experience as  a chaplain the Rev. Wes Sedlacek will walk with students in this vitally important work.

The Rev. Andy McQuery

Anglican Identity Saturday mornings (8:45 – 11:45 a.m.): This course explores the question, “What does it mean to identify as an Anglican?” by looking at history, theology, ecclesiology, and praxis in the Anglican tradition. The Rev. Andy McQuery brings his passion and expertise to this foundational study.

Academy Eucharist (12:00-1:00 p.m.): an integral part of an Academy weekend. Priests and deacons throughout the diocese come to 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 I Saturday Afternoons (2:00-5:00p.m.): Students will gain familiarity with the content and structure, distinctive theology, and introductory matters (e.g., date, authorship, and occasion) of the four NT gospels and the historical narrative of Acts. After a quarter-century teaching Biblical Studies, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Brian Jones to The Academy.

Download the course flyer as a Word document.

Download the course flyer as a pdf.

Class Dates:

September 21/22, October 12/13, October 26/27, November 16/17, December 14/15, January 4/5


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 September 10, 2018.

Download the application as a Word document.

Download the 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…