Trinity Announces the Certificate of Diaconal Studies

Deacon Tara Jernigan Reading the GospelAMBRIDGE, PA – December 14, 2011 – Trinity School for Ministry is pleased to announce its new Certificate of Diaconal Studies (CDS) program. The program consists of seven non-credit courses, provided online, and covering various fields of biblical studies, church history, and theology. In this cooperative program, Trinity provides the theological and biblical foundations, while participating dioceses provide the practical, contextual training for the diaconate.

The CDS started in January 2012 with a Survey of Church History. Registration is now open and students from any jurisdiction are welcome to attend.

The Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh has already signed on as a participating diocese. “I am thankful to Trinity for offering our Deacon Formation students a solid academic foundation while allowing the diocese to provide flexible and localized training in applied ministry,” said the Rev. Tara Jernigan, Director of Deacon Formation for the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh. “Our students come from a variety of academic backgrounds, some of them having no college degree and others are experienced instructors at the university level. Trinity has listened carefully to those needs and produced a program which I am delighted to be able to offer our deacons-in-training.”

“This online program is very flexible, so it is adaptable to a number of situations and contexts,” said Geoffrey Mackey, Trinity’s Director of Distance Learning. “It is our hope that many bishops and jurisdictions will use this model and partner with us to provide solid, orthodox, theological training for the people in their dioceses.”

Trinity School for Ministry is an evangelical seminary in the Anglican tradition. Begun in 1976, the seminary has trained more than 1,000 students from all over the worldwide Anglican Communion. As a global center for Christian formation, Trinity continues to produce outstanding leaders who can plant, renew, and grow churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Geoff Mackey
Director of Distance Learning
Trinity School for Ministry
311 Eleventh Street | Ambridge, PA 15003 | 724-266-3838 |

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  • Anonymous

    I have been looking for online training for diaconal ministry for some time. It’s hard to find and I think this new program could help our ACNA dioceses. I love the model where one works in his local church and pursues online education at the same time. Finally, reducing travel burdens is essential for adults with families and busy jobs.

    Looking forward to learning more.

    In Christ,

    Val W. Finnell, MD, MPH
    Executive Director
    Anglican Health Ministries

  • Anonymous

    I am surprised to see such thoughtfulness put into assisting the Church at large become equipped to fulfill it’s mission in today’s society.

    Raymond Walters