5. Locally Trained Priests – Training Process

5.1 A candidate seeking ordination as an LTP in the Diocese of Kootenay is expected to have successfully completed, or have covenanted to complete, programmes of theological study acceptable to the Bishop. These may be obtained through:

      • the Education For Ministry course,
      • the Montreal Diocesan College’s Reading and Tutorial Course in Theology,
      • the Thorneloe Associate in Theology Diploma,
      • the Centre for Christian Studies
      • the introductory year for the Bachelor or Masters degree in theology at an
      • approved theological school,
      • or equivalent certification in theological studies.

5.2 The candidate will also have successfully completed the following list of courses offered through the Kootenay School of Ministry:

Foundational Theology
Anglican Theology and Identity
The Ministry of Evangelism Today
Spiritual Formation
Liturgy
Ethics
Parish Administration
Congregational Leadership
Pastoral Care and Education

5.3 After completing these required courses, a candidate in Priestly formation will:

    • have comprehensive knowledge of the Holy Scriptures
    • be able to outline the history of the biblical record, and identify the historical, social, and geographic context of the Bible
    • be aware of the process of canonization of scripture, including the reasons for the
      development of the Canon
    • be familiar with various approaches to scriptural interpretation, and be able to identify and defend his/her approach in the context of his/her tradition
    • be able to identify and use exegetical tools, and be knowledgeable about Biblical scholarship
    • be aware of significant differences in the themes and approaches in the four Gospels, and know how to model the message of the Gospels in his/her priestly and liturgical ministries.
    • be able to articulate basic historical periods of the Christian faith, from its origins through to today.
    • be well grounded in the development of the Anglican tradition and liturgy.
    • have a clear understanding and appreciation of the traditions of other Christian communions and world religions.
    • have an understanding of sacramental theology
    • have an understanding of the development of Trinitarian theology and Christology

 

Foundational Theology

“Foundational Theology” is an introduction to theological method — with a focus upon critical thinking skills — and the basic touchstone topics of Christian theology: Trinity, Christology, and salvation. The approach will be both historical and systematic, so that participants encounter
the main streams of thought in Western Christianity — ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary. Significant attention will be given to the development of the Nicene Creed and its explication at the Council of Chalcedon. This course will be particularly attentive to the relevance of this material for priestly ministry, with assignments oriented toward preaching and pastoral situations.

Anglican Theology and Identity

Anglican theology is theology that belongs to the whole church, but has a particular character that is rooted in its historical development. This course, therefore, seeks to elucidate the nature of Anglicanism through investigation of works by Anglican theologians and discussion of Anglican history. We will address the nature of Anglican understandings of the church, orders, and sacraments. Canadian Anglican history (with a focus on British Columbia) will be a significant part of the course, as will the Anglican Covenant and contemporary expressions of Anglicanism worldwide.

The Ministry of Evangelism Today

This course aims to provide an understanding of the theology and practice of evangelism that resonates with Anglicanism today.

Course content will include: biblical and theological foundations, starting with the mission of God (missio dei) and the content of “the good news;” Jesus as an evangelist; evangelism as process; evangelism as a dimension of healthy parish life; how to talk about God; the place of evangelism in a pluralistic society; and how to help a congregation embrace the ministry of evangelism with confidence, joy and fruitfulness.

Spiritual Formation

One course which will outline the formation of a rule of life. The course may include instruction about:

    • praying a daily office;
    • regular involvement in public worship;
    • regular reading of scripture, meditation, and personal prayer;
    • receiving personal spiritual direction on a regular basis.
    • developing a personal stewardship which supports the work of the Church in the local parish, diocese, nation, and internationally
    • A candidate needs to demonstrate the ability and willingness to help other persons form and nurture their own spiritual growth, through support and study groups.
    • A candidate will learn the history of spiritual formation in the church. He/she will be aware of major figures in spiritual classics through the centuries.
    • This course will include a discussion regarding the basic skills necessary to becoming a spiritual director, so that candidates will know what training they mayneed if this is a ministry to which they feel called. It will also help the candidate balance her/his secular vocation, ministry and family life in a healthy.

Liturgy

This course will introduce the candidate to liturgy, and homiletics, with particular attention to the priest’s role. The course will include instruction in how to lead Morning Prayer, Eucharist, Evening Prayer, funerals, taking reserve sacrament to those who are ill and shut-in, Reconciliation, anointing for healing and in preparation for death, both the BAS and BCP services will be included. The course will include both theory and practice. The course will follow the liturgical year, demonstrating the liturgical role of the priest throughout. Primary to this area of instruction is the history, theology, and use of the church’s principal liturgical books and other authorized resources, with particular attention to the priest’s traditional functions in all the liturgies of the Church. Candidates will prepare and deliver a sermon for critique for the
course

Ethics

This course seeks to cultivate an awareness of contemporary social issues and a desire to wrestle with them. Topics will include: ethical theories, the challenge of change, skills for theological and pastoral reflection on ethical issues, and ways of preparing others to wrestle with moral dilemmas. Experiential group work — using case studies — will enable students to develop practical skills and a deeper awareness of ethical issues.

Parish Administration

The purpose of this course is to present an overview of parish administrative life routinely encountered by the parish priest. This course examines the features of an Anglican ecclesiology as it is lived out in the life of the Anglican Church of Canada.

This course will cover:

    • Diocesan, Provincial and National structures and organization
    • Clergy designations (e.g. Archdeacon, Canon, Regional Dean, Dean) and their appropriate salutational terms
    • Annual Reports for Diocese
    • Synod Office personnel and services
    • Regional organization
    • Parish organization
    • Parish registers and how to use them
    • Knowing how to call and direct an A.G.M.
    • Directing effective parish meetings
    • Effective supervision of volunteers and employees
    • Canonical Role of the priest in chairing meetings

Congregational Leadership

This course will focus on the pastoral care of congregations with particular emphasis on leadership of congregations including strategic planning, visioning, systems and change theories, and conflict management. The course will explore group dynamics, supporting volunteers and self care including management of time and stress. It will include a personal assessment of the student’s own conflict style and its strengths and liabilities.

Pastoral Care and Education

This course will focus on the pastoral care of individuals and small groups. There will be an opportunity to consider basic educational theories, models for baptism and confirmation preparation, pastoral visiting and pastoral care of the bereaved. Particular areas of interest
identified by students may also be incorporated into the course.

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