The Seminary of the Christian Community in North America offers a complete priest-training program.
The next semester begins Sunday, September 19, 2016; please see the “Training” page for more information including an application form. Please forward your application with supporting documents by August 18, 2016. See below for more information.
The first year of the study gives students who are interested in becoming priests the opportunity to get to know the Christian Community; it is also open to those who are not considering entering the priesthood. Study-topics include the Old and New Testaments and the Greek language; the nature of the seven sacraments; anthroposophy and its theory of knowledge; and the arts, including eurythmy and speech-formation. To supplement these ongoing classes, guest-teachers give weeklong courses on related subjects.
In the second year of training, the focus is directed more specifically to topics and skills that are needed for the vocation of a priest, such as theology, including Christology; religious instruction; composing sermons; and the organizational structure of the Christian Community
During the third year, students take up a practicum in a congregation. The final half-year of the priest training consists of preparation for ordination. The question of the ordination of each candidate is ultimately decided by the Circle of Seven, the group of priests responsible for the worldwide administration of the Christian Community.
In addition to providing training for the vocation of priest, the Seminary offers Orientation Courses and Open Courses. The programs include the daily celebration of the Act of Consecration of Man, some shared meals, Gospel Study, workshops, and lectures.
Opportunities for Young Adults
The Christian Community in North American sponsors travel costs and registration fee for Open Courses for young people who want to get to know the Seminary. To apply for financial support, please write to: Rev Oliver Steinrueck, firstname.lastname@example.org
For information and to apply for Open Courses and information about the priest training, please review the website and contact us at email@example.com.