The STEP pastoral training program looks to grow in 2012 by forming two new cohorts of students simultaneously in both Philadelphia and Lancaster, Pa. for fall semester.
“Starting two cohorts of STEP students in one year signals another adventure for us,” remarked Mark R. Wenger, STEP program director. “We are very pleased to see how STEP is addressing the urgent need for basic high-quality pastoral training of those in congregational leadership.”
The STEP pastoral training program emerged in 2004 in response to the need to provide more flexible, non-traditional Anabaptist ministry preparation. STEP will hold its sixth annual graduation on May 12, 2012 for a cohort of students completing the three-year, part-time program.
The program first expanded from its Lancaster base in 2010 by working together with Anabaptist congregations in Philadelphia. Those congregations are requesting an additional urban cohort.
The STEP curriculum is designed for adult learners in part-time study. Actual ministry practice, coupled with assignments and teaching by experienced pastors, forms the basis for lively learning in community.
Each of the three years of STEP yields ten undergraduate credits at EMU. Classes meet on Saturdays, once a month. Students drive to class from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Ohio.
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