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 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.
Classroom style training provided through St Paul’s is not the complete Greenhouse training philosophy: Greenhouse also strongly values growth via relational apprenticeship, learning ministry skills by doing, and prayer in the Spirit. Cohort members typically are 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.
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 5-12 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.
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.