New York School of Ministry
The New York School of Ministry (NYSOM) is designed to deepen the knowledge, skills, and spiritual life of all who participate. We offer two 20-hour courses every spring and fall, and we sponsor two 24-hour events (a fall spiritual retreat and a spring leadership training) each year. These learning opportunities are open to everyone who is interested. Everyone is welcome – you might be active in your congregation or not; you might be UCC or not; you might be seeking continuing education or just looking to grow in a new direction.
In addition to courses and 24-hour events, we offer certificate programs, which combine classroom learning with supervised ministry experiences and a relationship with a mentor, to prepare individuals for licensed, commissioned, and ordained ministry.
Our fall and spring gatherings are learning events that bring a diverse group of participants together for thought provoking programs and vital community. Everyone is welcome. We come together for 24 hours at Stella Maris Retreat Center, in Skaneateles NY, from dinner on Friday night through dinner on Saturday night. This spring, April 5-6, the program is “Leading Your Church into Spiritual Transformation,” and in the fall, November 1-2, we will focus on “Engaging in Mission; Changing the World.”
Our 20-hour courses offer folks a chance to learn about the Bible, Theology, Religious History, and more, with excellent instructors, in a relaxed setting. Many of our courses are “blended:” the class meets once or twice face-to-face, and for other sessions, folks have the option to participate by webconferencing from home. Courses can be taken for a grade or audited. Auditing is a great option for pastors who need continuing education and for folks who love to learn but aren’t interested in writing papers or taking tests.
View the "NYSOM Courses" page for a tentative course schedule.
Click here to download a PDF application.
The Christian Studies Program is for individuals who want to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith. Read more about the program.
The Christian Leadership Program is for individuals who want to develop as leaders, including those preparing for licensed ministry. Read more about the program.
The Advanced Christian Leadership Program is for those preparing for commissioned ministry. Read more about the program.
The Ministry of Word & Sacrament Program is for those preparing for ordained ministry. Read more about the program.