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)

Spring Term 2020

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

Preaching Foundations Friday evenings (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.): Open to all. Introduces foundations for preaching and frameworks for homily construction. Provide opportunities for students to engage in homily preparation and delivery. Peer and instructor critique of homilies in small-group settings. Enriches and deepen presentation skills in liturgical and other contexts.

Church History II Saturday mornings (8:45 – 11:45 a.m.): As part of a two-term course, students engage the major events of Christendom, spanning the post-Reformation era to the modern era. 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

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

Special Sessions on Saturdays for Preachers and Worship Leaders
Fundamentals of Preaching 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Worship Leader Essentials 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Download the AFM Spring Term 2020 Course Descriptions (word doc)

Download the AFM Spring Term 2020 Course Offerings (pdf)

Class Dates:

January 31/February 1 * February 21/22 * March 13/14 * April 3/4 * April 24/25


All 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 January 20, 2020.

Download the AFM Spring Term 2020 Application (word doc)

Download the AFM Spring Term 2020 Application (pdf)

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

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

The Academy offers Clinical-Pastoral Education/Clinical Pastoral Training through partnership with a variety of clinical sites, certified by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP).

We offer CPE in both full-time (40 hours per week) and part-time formats.  The full-time unit will be offered for 10 weeks beginning in June 2020.  The part-time, non-residential unit will begin in October. The part-time unit is designed for those who experience geographic or life-circumstance barriers to full-time training. 

Learn more about the 2020 CPE opportunities.