Saint Paul’s House of Formation (SPHF) equips missional leaders with a solid-grounding in scripture, theology, liturgy, and patristics. This holistic approach is tailored to those committed to raising up and growing new congregations and integrating them into the faith, life, and worship of the historic church in the context of the Anglican Communion.
TRAINING FOR YOUR MIND
Scripture, Theology, Liturgy, & Patristics—for leaders on mission.
Saint Paul’s House of Formation was designed by the Greenhouse Movement to equip Christian leaders actively serving the church in whatever way God has called them. Whether you’re lay or ordained, employed or volunteering, or still discerning where you fit best, all are welcome.
It’s true that a classroom style training like that provided through St Paul’s is not the complete Greenhouse training philosophy: we also strongly value growth via relational apprenticeship, hands on experience, and listening prayer. But we all long for God’s praise of Job to be true of us also, that he “has spoken rightly about me.” (Job 42:7) And St. Paul’s was intentionally crafted to help you do just that. It contains some of the most in-depth teaching you’ll find anywhere, and covers the full orb of Christian thought, while still remaining accessible and realistic for everyone.
Many St. Paul’s students are either connected to Greenhouse as mission staff, are members of the Diocese of the Upper Midwest, or are seeking connection with regional Greenhouse mobilizers nationally or globally. But every semester we receive more students from other contexts as well. No matter how you found us, we would love to hear from you, and help you discern if St. Paul’s is right for you.
CHURCH HISTORY &
How Are We Learning?
Each week the students are assigned a video lecture with an accompanying outline, comprehension quiz, group discussion guide, and occasionally additional readings. These modules are released through our Google Classroom portal. They are not turned in for grading, but are designed to help you engage and absorb the teachings, and to create opportunities for enriching your cohort interaction.
Cohorts are small learning communities at the heart of Saint Paul’s House of Formation. All students enrolled in the House will subsequently be enrolled in a cohort, either local or online, with whom they will process the curriculum as they progress through the semesters. Cohorts will gather weekly to discuss and digest what they are learning and how it shapes their on-the-ground ministry. We highly encourage cohort leaders to integrate prayer into their weekly cohort rhythm in a substantive and meaningful way that works for their cohort size, time, and context.
As the semester walks through five genres of course material, there will be five exams offered each semester. These exams are turned in to St. Paul’s Central and will be graded and returned to the students. Credit for the semester requires adequate completion of the exams.
As questions undoubtedly arise during the cohort discussions, all students are invited to monthly video calls with Fr. Stephen for a live Q & A session. Though these are not mandatory, attendance is highly recommended.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Cohorts are groups of 3-12 students who together commit to serious engagement with the weekly lectures, consistent attendance and participation in group discussions, timely completion of all assignments, and growing in relationship with and prayer for one another.
Cohorts work like college classes, but generally will only be open for enrollment in the Fall. Many people will continue the cohort through the Spring, but it’s not necessary to commit to the full year, and changes can be made after the term.
There are several important dates for the launch of the fall 2020 semester:
8/24 — Enrollment applications due
8/24 — Scholarship applications due
8/30 — Start of semester
9/7 — Fall tuition due
Courses are taught at a college-level, and a general Bible-familiarity is presumed, but prior theological training is not required. At the same time, those who have done other coursework may still find SPHF a helpful addition to their prior training.
The time commitment should be about 4 hours per week. There is a 40-60 minute lecture and an hour-long cohort meeting every week, an exam and webinar for each of the 5 sections, and some occasional readings.
If you’re interested in starting a cohort in your area, please reach out to Alex Wilgus at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re interested in enrolling in a local or online cohort, simply apply at the top of the page.