Saint Paul’s House of Formation (SPHF) equips missional leaders with a solid-grounding in scripture, theology, liturgy and sacramental life. The 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.
ST PAUL’S HOUSE OF FORMATION
TRAINING FOR YOUR MIND
Scripture, Theology, Sacramental Life, & Liturgy—for leaders on mission.
Saint Paul’s House of Formation is offered by the Greenhouse Movement, and is intended to equip missional leaders serving throughout the church. Ordained, full-time, lay-leader, or bi-vocational ministry—all are welcome.
The Greenhouse training philosophy values relational apprenticeship, learning ministry skills by doing, and prayer in the Spirit alongside classroom training. Cohort members typically will be serving in a church and have a connection to Greenhouse as mission staff, members of the Diocese of the Upper Midwest, or seeking connection with regional Greenhouse mobilizers nationally or globally.
What Are We Learning?
Completing one year of St Paul’s House for Formation concludes in the “Core Certificate”
Beginning year 2, we expect to offer additional course options, while repeating the core offerings.
Core Fall Semester
Introduction (Week 1)
- The Anglican Way
Sacramental Life (Weeks 1-3)
- Seeing the Unseen: The Sacramental Worldview
- Baptism: Outward Sign and Inward Grace
- Eucharist: Outward Sign and Inward Grace
- Sacramental Rites: Confirmation, Confession, Marriage, Ordination, Anointing of the Sick
- Smells and Bells: The Sacramentals
Liturgy (Weeks 4-6)
- Word and Table: The Liturgy of the Eucharist
- Pray without Ceasing: The Daily Offices
- In Season and Out of Season: The Church Calendar
- Reading Scripture Together as Church: The Lectionary
- Liturgical Resources: the Book of Common Prayer and other service books
Scripture (Weeks 6-8)
- Christ in the Old Testament
- Christ in the Books of Moses: Part I
- Christ in the Books of Moses: Part II
- Christ in the Psalms and the Prophets
- The Apocrypha and their Use in the Anglican Tradition
Theology (Weeks 9-10)
- Truly God and Truly Man: The Person of Christ -One God, Three Persons: The Holy Trinity
- How the Church Reads the Scriptures: Creeds and Councils
- Equipping the Saints: Ordained Ministry in the Church
Core Spring Semester
Scripture (Weeks 1-3)
- Who Is Jesus?: The Gospel of Mark
- Fulfilling the Scriptures: The Gospel of Matthew
- The Work of the Spirit: The Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles
- A Different Vantage Point: The Gospel of John
- -Law or Grace: Galatians and Romans
- Christ and His Church: Colossians and Ephesians
Liturgy (Weeks 4-6)
- Celebrating Eucharist and Holding Communion without a Priest
- Leading the Daily Offices
- Leading the Holy Week Services
- Life Events: Officiating at Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals
- Avoiding Some Common Liturgical Mistakes
Sacramental Life (Weeks 6-8)
- Traditional Christian Symbolism
- Reading Icons: Part I
- Reading Icons: Part II
- Liturgical Objects and Colors: A User’s Guide
Theology (Weeks 9-10)
- Avoiding Some Common Theological Mistakes
- How Then Shall We Live?: Christian Ethics
- What God Has Joined Together: A Christian Understanding of Marriage
- The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth: Mere Christianity
- What Everyone Needs to Know about Constitutions, Canons and Bylaws
*The core semester offerings listed above are intended to offer an overarching survey of course content and are subject to minimal change per the instructor’s discretion.
About the Cohorts
Spring 2018 Live Cohorts
Tuesday, 10:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Tuesday, 2:15 – 4:00 PM
Tuesday, 6:00 – 7:45 PM
Cohorts are capped at 12 students
Two 50 minute sessions back-to-back
Greenhouse Mission Center
169 N Cuyler Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302
Lectures are recorded weekly to video and made available on a private account available to cohort members.
The learning website includes downloadable resources and interaction with the instructor.
Biweekly Q & A sessions are recorded and posted to the learning website to increase online student and instructor interaction.
We encourage members of the online cohort to go through the semester with other members of your church community in your area.
Mac, PC, or tablet required.
- The cohort fee is $300 per semester.
- Most reading & resources will be provided to reduce textbook expenses.
- St. Paul’s House of Formation relies on additional generous donations to cover the program—enrollment fees only partly offset the cost.
- Partial scholarships may be available for Greenhouse mission staff who raise funds if finances would be a barrier to their final decision to join. Contact us to apply.
- Married couples can register for the discounted rate of $450 per semester. A non-employed spouse will not be able to reimburse from a ministry account. In that case it would be $300 for mission staff, and $150 owed additionally. Married couples can register with SPHF at a discounted rate. A spouse is invited to join the same in-person cohort, but separate cohorts or one spouse online might also be good options to balance family life.
Questions & Answers
The time commitment should be about 4 hours per week: two, 50 minute lectures per week (taught back to back for the in-person cohort), plus a recommended two additional hours of study, discussion and assignments.