The Vision of The + Tuttle School for Discipleship and Ministry is a vibrant and thriving church in which the Diocese equips the faithful to be visionary leaders.
Our Mission is to provide resources for high quality theological education and formation at the diocesan local level. While the program is primarily for those preparing for ordination to the diaconate, it is also open for all who are committed to deepening their understanding of the Jesus movement, to strengthen their ministries, and/or discern their path as disciples. It is also open to those interested in lay leadership and for all committed to deepening their understanding.
The TuttIe School is in partnership with The Iona Collaborative, an outreach program for educating and forming lay leaders and deacons for the Church of the Seminary of the Southwest (SSW) in Austin, Texas, which provides the resources to develop “high quality, standardized programs for educating and forming deacons and priests for the Church”. Their core values are ‘educational excellence, local adaptability, collaboration, visionary leadership, community, and transformation.’
Curriculum: The Tuttle School program consists of core curriculum in Scripture, Church History, Theology, and Ethics. The Tuttle School is a one year program for those interested in lay licensed worship leader training and personal spiritual deepening. As well as a two year program for those interested in lay licensed preacher or the diaconate. The program also offers extensive coursework in practical theology, homiletics, pastoral ministry, spirituality, theology of diaconate, congregational leadership, and other areas for formation. Upon successful completion of the two-year diaconal studies, a student may be awarded a Certificate in Diaconal and Academic Studies by the Seminary of the Southwest.
Academic Calendar. Available here.
Instructional Delivery: Students of the program will be granted access to the Iona Collaborative’s on-line curriculum, which includes lessons, power-points, and video lectures presented by SSW faculty. Students will watch videos, complete assigned readings and written assignments between teaching weekends. During the teaching weekends, students will continue their learning as a community with the guidance and support of a mentor as facilitator of their learning. There will be a strong focus on integration of academic learning and spiritual formation. As the weekends will involve worship, study, and shared meals, an added benefit will be the building of lasting relationships of collegiality that carry forward after completion of the program and into shared ministries of serving.
Teaching weekends will be on Friday evening, Saturdays, Saturday evenings, and half day Sundays. Time together will include a variety of opportunities for community worship, shared meals, study, and spiritual deepening. Sessions will be devoted to core curriculum as well as practical and ministerial practice. Currently the language of instruction for the curriculum is English. At this time, some of the video presentations for Bible study are sub-titled in Spanish.
Application and Admission: Interested students will fill out an application form and provide additional documents as needed. The application is available here.
Cost: $750 per year. Scholarships are available.
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