Thank you for your interest in participating in the Academy! You can sign up and pay for the whole series of 11 classes at once or simply register and pay one class at a time. There is a $50 discount/class for those of you who are from a sponsoring presbytery (East Iowa, Minnesota Valleys, Missouri River Valley, North Central Iowa, Northern Waters, Prospect Hill, or Twin Cities Area).
Informational note: If you sense God may be calling you to become a Commissioned Ruling Elder, you should also be in touch with your local pastor/Session and the presbytery committee that oversees the process of being commissioned. The Academy is an educational opportunity, and we are not ordinarily involved in decisions or processes about being commissioned. Your presbytery will determine if you need to take all 11 of our classes or if you can be excused from one or more due to previous educational experiences. They may have other requirements of you as well.
The Academy is a unique, cohort-based learning community for church leaders who wish to grow in their faith, knowledge, and leadership to better serve God as needed in their communities and councils. At the heart of successful community is agreement about how we will live and learn together. Therefore, participants in the Academy are asked to join in a covenant for the well-being and safety of the whole community.
As a part of the Academy learning community, I commit myself to:
I am a member of one of the following presbyteries: East Iowa, Minnesota Valleys, Missouri River Valleys, North Central Iowa, Northern Waters, Prospect Hill, or Twin Cities Area.
This is for anyone from a presbytery that is not officially sponsoring the Academy through an annual fee.