Presbytery of South Alabama
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Synod of Living Waters
Academy for Equipping the Saints
AES

 

The Presbytery of South Alabama is excited and pleased to offer for the fourth time the “Academy for Equipping the Saints” – a comprehensive training ministry to equip the laity in our presbytery for teaching adults in the local church. This is a two (2) year commitment by individuals, supported by their home church, for training in Bible, Theology and Teaching with “hands-on” practicality. The teaching leadership will come from PCUSA seminaries and/or colleges.
 
Enrollment in this program is considered the answer to a “call” by God through the church to an individual to an unprecedented level of spiritual growth as a teacher. Consequently, Pastors, Sessions, Christian Education Committees and individuals are encouraged to prayerfully consider whom they will nominate for admittance into the Academy. 
 
Students will participate in four teaching weekend seminars, which will include prior preparation with required class readings and a follow-up project. The final teaching weekend will include an assigned project to plan, implement and evaluate with the help of a mentor. Upon completion of the two (2) year commitment, the candidates will be recognized and receive a certificate at a Presbytery meeting.
 
What a blessing to have our teachers of adults and leaders of youth learning from such great teachers as Bill Bryant, Associate Professor of Religion at Presbyterian College (Bible) and Cynthia Rigby from Austin Seminary (Reformed Theology).  The last part of the Academy will continue to have our own wonderful Dee Koza helping participants learn more about how to teach adults and lead youth.
 
The nominated candidates are required to submit a completed application including the fee to the Academy. The classes will be offered in a retreat setting over two and three day periods.
 
In order to provide a quality education experience enrollment in the Academy is limited to 24 candidates (a maximum of 4 from any church). Applications will be accepted on a first come-first served basis and the Academy will maintain a waiting list.
 
Costs will be shared by the Presbytery, participating churches and individual candidates.