Home \ Future Leaders \ Associate Timothy Program OriginIn the past, members of our parish who wished to attend seminary with the goal of Anglican ordination normally moved to another state to attend a residential seminary program, concluding with a Master of Divinity degree after three years. This required the individual (and family, if married) to leave their home, schools, jobs, and church family. In addition to those costs, there was the financial burden of the training. The traditional M.Div. program also includes many pastoral courses which do not embody adult learning principles of "learning on the job" training, and thus often are not as effective as would be desired.With the changes in seminary education over the past decade, there are now more ways to gain a theological degree than in the past. The Associate Timothy Program is an attempt to decrease the time and costs associated with getting a seminary education and to improve the effectiveness of practical training and preparation for ministry in the Anglican Church, while eliminating the need to relocate.PurposeThe goal of the Associate Timothy Program is to prepare members of the church for ordained ministry in the Anglican Church. This is one expression of a ministry value at TFCA, to raise up leaders for the future church. Key elements of the program are: * Achieving a Master of Theology degree; * Receiving effective training in pastoral ministry within the context of parish ministry at TFCA; and * Ordination in the Anglican Church after completion of the Program.Ancillary goals are to: * minimize personal and family costs of preparing for ministry by providing the training locally; * lower the financial costs of receiving a seminary education; * provide excellent "on the job" training in practical theology within the context of ministry at TFCA; and * do this in less time than it has taken in the past. ValuesChrist centered. This program is centered and grounded in our understanding of who Christ is, what He has done, and our response to Him as members of His Church. The theology, mission and vision of our parish are detailed on our website.Biblical. An essential part of this program is an extensive study and application of the Scriptures to life, personally and corporately. Much of the seminary course work will be in the area of Biblical studies.Vocational Discernment. Before entry into the program, there is an extensive discernment process to determine if the individual has a vocational call to ordained ministry in the Anglican Church. Throughout the program there will be emphasis upon participants growing in their understanding of God's call upon their life.Parish Centered. Ministry in our parish is where the practical training for pastoral ministry will occur.Collegial. Our intent is that this program will be done in the company of others in the program and within the parish. We believe that theological and practical lessons are best learned in the context of relationships, where they can be well grounded in the realities of life.Practical. The practical preparation for ministry needs to be integrated with daily living and parish ministry. This will be done through various learning environments in congregational life, as well as seminars, mentoring, and individual ministry experience.Application/Discernment ProcessInterview. There will be an initial interview to provide information about the program, discuss vocational call, answer questions, and determine if further exploration is appropriate. An interview with the Rector may follow, if deemed appropriate.Application. A written application to the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic (DOMA) is the next step.Discernment group. A small group of members of TFCA will meet with the applicant to discern the applicant's sense of calling to ordained ministry.Diocesan process. If the discernment group and the clergy of TFCA agree to move forward, the applicant will then apply to the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic (DOMA) to become a postulant.Seminary acceptance. Next comes the application and acceptance into a seminary program that is approved by TFCA and DOMA.Upon completion of the above steps, the applicant would begin the program which commences in the fall of each year. Completion of the entire program will depend upon the ability of the individual to complete seminary courses and the practical training, as well as become ordained. Evaluations of progress and next steps will be done at the end of each semester.Seminary ComponentA Master's degree in Theology will be completed during the course of the program, the length of which will vary from student to student. The Master's and any other needed coursework/studies must be acceptable to DOMA and their requirements for ordination. This will need to included courses in Anglican Church history, Anglican theology, Liturgics, and Anglican moral theology. Adequate training in homiletics must also be part of the program.Financial AssistanceThis program does not include a stipend of any kind. However, TFCA will fund all approved seminary courses taken and passed at the rate of 90% for an "A" and 80% for a "B", up to a maximum of $7,000. ATP's may not apply to the Seminarian Fund for grants.Pastoral Training at TFCA1. Learning CohortThe participate will participate in a regular gathering with others in the program for the purposes of integrating theology, life, and practical ministry experiences in a relational setting where deeper learning can occur. Topics of discussion will be: * spiritual formation and personal spiritual disciplines (life with Christ, quiet times, growing edges; * knowing yourself and vocational discernment (learning points, feedback, sense of call; * marriage and family; * studies and ministry integration/application.2. Ministry RotationsParticipants will spend time in various TFCA ministries through the course of the program to facilitate their understanding of the basics of doing ministry in particular areas of ministry. Topics covered will be: * theology of each ministry * best practices * how to equip the saints for this ministryStudents will be involved each week with an area of ministry, primarily on Sundays. A sample schedule would be: Fall - Congregational Care Winter - Worship Spring - Youth Summer - Outreach Fall (2) - Children's Ministry Winter (2) - Spiritual Formation and Development Spring (2) - Healing Ministry3. Core CompetenciesThese four core areas will receive special attention throughout the program. Specific goals and structured learning experiences will be provided for skills in each area.A. Preaching Evaluating sermons Homiletics course Preaching opportunities, with feedback Teaching opportunities, with feedbackB. Pastoral Care Theology of Pastoral Care Sacramental Ministry * Hospital visitation * Baptisms, weddings, funerals * Crisis counselingC. Leading Worship * Theological principles * Practice of leading worship - Worship services, especially Morning Prayer and Communion - Equipping the saints through various lay ministries, incl.: ** Choirs and Praise Bands ** Altar Guild, Readers, LEM's, Vergers, AcolytesD. Leadership Observing: * Vestry, Finance and Personnel Committees * Ministry teams of various kinds * Assisting with leadership in ministries * Leading a ministry4. Monthly PracticumsShared with the Timothy Program, there are 90-120 min. lectures/discussions of various practical issues; potential topics are listed in Appendix A.5. Mentoring/CoachingWe believe that the model of discipleship that Jesus used should be a model for us, so we expect that as part of the program the student will have the opportunity to learn from older, more mature and experienced members of the Body of Christ. The following can/will be provided through TFCA or through DOMA: * Executive/personal coach * Spiritual Director * Clergy mentor * TFCA leadership mentoring/coaching6. Semester review of progress with the Program DirectorAt the end of each semester, the student will meet with the Program Director to review accomplishments in the areas below. Goals for the next semester will be created on the basis of that discussion. * Seminary courses * Cohort topics * Ministry rotations * Practicums * Core competencies * Finances * Vocational discernment/ordination track We are currently accepting applications for Fall, 2017. Click here to review the application for participation in the Associate Timothy Program at TFCA.