The Brethren Academy offers a variety of certificate and continuing education programs. Certificate programs are intended for lay people who want to learn more about the faith and calling of Christian community; licensed ministers who are part of the certificate training program to fulfill minimal educational requirements for ordination; and ministers seeking continuing education.
SVMC offers ACTS courses concurrently in the five partnering districts. Students may cross register for the courses. Districts may provide some financial assistance according to district policy.
ACTS Instructors are qualified ministers and scholars, chosen by the Executive Director of SVMC in consultation with the partnering district executives. A copy of the ACTS Instructor Handbook can be found here.
The ACTS certificate program is a carefully designed program of 13 courses plus a series of ministry formation experiences that are repeated approximately every four years.
- Ministry Formation
- Supervised Ministry
- Annual Conference
- District Conference
- An ecumenical, interfaith, or intercultural experience
Students are encouraged to take all 13 academic courses, but a minimum of 12 are required to complete the program:
- 3 Biblical (Intro to Old Testament, Intro to New Testament, Interpreting the Bible)
- 3 Historical/Theological (History of the Church, Brethren Life & Thought, Intro to Theology)
- 6 Ministry Skills (Church Leadership & Administration and 5 of the following: Intro to Pastoral Care, Teaching & Learning in the Church, Preaching, Worship, Evangelism & Church Growth, Communication Skills for Pastoral Ministry, 1 approved elective).
The plan of courses to be offered in the next three years can be found on p. 11 of the ACTS Student Handbook.
To register, contact SVMC at 717-361-1450 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost per course is $225 ($240 in 2019) or $75 to audit. Pastors who audit courses may receive 1.5 CEU's for an additional $10 documentation fee.