2012-2013 St. Pachomius Servant Preparation Course
Curriculum Structureand Goals:
The goal of the servant preparation program is to impact and teach the participants (disciples) how to live a spiritually mature, integrated, Orthodox Christian life. The program will be very special and, therefore, will require a full commitment and significant effort on the part of the disciple.
The program will focus on discipleship, study/instruction, allow some hands-on training and enable the students to begin building a collection of important books of their own.
There will also be a regular system of examinations and participation to ensure continued attention to spiritual growth, study, and teamwork. Factors that will determine successful completion of the course will include the following:
I. Attention to individual spiritual growth and maturity
This is the most important role of the disciple. Along with the encouragement and instruction from the course, every disciple is expected to do their part by establishing their own spiritual canon and working on their personal relationship with the Holy Trinity. The disciple is expected to have a fully integrated Orthodox Christian life which means being consistent in behavior across all aspects of life (church, work, family, social, etc.) and striving to live a life of purity and holiness pleasing to God.
II. Attendance and participation in weekly class meetings
The class will meet weekly on Tuesday nights from 7:30pm-9:00pm. All disciples are expected to show up on time and attend all classes in person. If you need to miss a class (only for unexpected or unusual circumstances) you must tell the coordinator before hand and make up the class by listening to the lecture online and submitting a summary and completing whatever homework is required for that week. If the summary is not submitted by the following Tuesday it is considered an unexcused absence. There will only be 2 unexcused absences allowed per semester.
III. Attendance and participation on retreat and weekend sessions
There is expected to be at least one overnight retreat as well as one or two Saturday sessions/workshops or seminars per semester. Disciples are expected to attend these events.
IV. Completion of regular homework and readingassignments
All homework and reading assignments are expected to be completed on time. Consistent and complete participation is required to continue taking the course.
V. Satisfactory grades on exams and quizzes
Every disciple is expected to study, learn and do their best on all exams. The spirit and effort is the most important part.
VI. Completion of research Paper
Each disciple is expected to complete a 5-page research paper on a topic of their choice. This will help the disciple go deeper and grow in more knowledge of a subject they always wanted to learn about. It will also give experience in researching topics, answering questions on faith and dogma, and preparing lessons, etc.
God willing, the first semester will begin on September 4, 2012 and end on December 18, 2012.
To allow for more fellowship and a more intimate class atmosphere, the class will be capped at 25 participants so applications must be submitted by Tuesday,August 21.
The program will include the following broad topic categories:
· Spirituality of the servant
· The Holy Bible
· Liturgical subjects
· Church history
· Topics on service
· Comparative Theology
You can download the application form by clicking the link along the left side of this page.
If you have any questions concerning the course, please use the contact form on this page.