Throughout the expansion of the Orthodox churches in the diaspora, some people have been called to service as priests, deacons and teachers who have not had the opportunity to pursue formal education for their leadership or pastoral roles. With these servants of the Church in mind, we are now offering an in-service training program for priests, deacons and teachers.
Because many such servants of the Church find it hard to study full time because of their other commitments or location, we have designed this course as a hybrid course. During the first year, most of the education is located on campus but also with some online learning. During the second year, most of the education is online with only some of the teaching being on campus. There are also opportunities to continue studying at a higher level after completing the program.
The course provides both an overview of the Orthodox tradition which is common to all the Orthodox churches and also an in-depth introduction to each student’s own church tradition, which includes the study of that church’s liturgical language. During the second year of the program, serving priests or priest candidates focus on practical liturgics, while the deacons or deacon candidates focus on different forms of practical care and / or pedagogics. We offer a specialization for deacons or deaconesses who want to manage a retirement home under the auspices of the church (see Deaconesses program). Educators and teachers focus on pedagogics during the second year.
The program is organised in cooperation with Stocholm School of Theology (University College Stockholm).