St. Mark's Fellows
Anglican - Scholarly - Practical - Parochial
Offering parochial formation for seminarians discerning a call to ministry in the Anglican Way
"Without the St. Mark's Fellowship, I may never have had the opportunity to read and discuss several hidden classics of the Anglican tradition."
What is it?
Comprised of Anglicans from a variety of juristictions and traditions, what holds us together is a common commitment to and curiosity about the historic distinctives & beauty of the Anglican Way.
Our objective is to grow as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ spurring each other to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24), even as we also grow in our understanding of and commitment to serving God and his Church as Anglican Christians.
Through spiritual formation and the nurturing of God-given gifts, fellows prepare for future ministry by being given opportunities to serve in parish ministry each week.
The cornerstone of the Fellow's experience is a three-year apprenticeship model that includes mentoring with an experienced priest from St. Mark's within the context of the parish community.
Fellows meet reguarly to share meals, and discuss texts with a special view in mind to building bridges between theological erudition, the distinctives of the Anglican tradition and the practical realities of parochial ministry.
We explore subjects that are both theoretical and practical, gaining exposure to the works and implications of great theologians and pastors both within and without the Anglican Church.
Regular seminars and workshops give exposure to experts in such fields as: Anglican plainsong chant (how to lead Matins & Evensong); Preaching Christ from the Lectionary; The Order and Logic of the Prayerbook; Fundraising; Evangelism & Church-planting; Avoiding Burnout and more.
Graduating Fellows will have had exposure to and experience in numerous aspects of the liturgical life of the parish, from an Anglican perspective that is both reformed and catholic.
A Holistic Approach:
Linking Theology with Worship & Parochial Ministry
The Fellows program has been designed to complement your seminary education and to help you discern God's calling on your life, whether it be to the academy, church-planting, missions work or parochial ministry.
During your time as a Fellow at St. Mark's, you will be helped to connect what you are learning in seminary to the life of the Church, linking doctrinal knowledge to piety and service.
Testimonials from Fellows
My time as a Fellow at St. Mark's has helped me connect pieces of seemingly disconnected facts into a cohesive whole. This experience has given me the tools to integrate theological learning from the classroom with the calling to serve within the Church. - Brian Oldfield, class of 2017
"This Fellowship has provided me not only with mentoring and ministry opportunities, but also with an abiding church community and close friendships that will endure long after seminary." - Barton Gingrich, class of 2016
"The Fellows program offers me holistic formation that couples ministerial responsibilities with hands-on training from godly men." - Justin Hare, class of 2017
"My Fellowship at St. Marks has introduced me to the richness of the Anglican Tradition, not only in it's liturgy and orthodoxy but also in its piety. This fellowship is a place where we are mentored by clergy who have a genuine care and concern over our spiritual growth and formation. Hard theological questions can be raised and discussed with watchful pastoral oversight." - Aaron Cappucci, class of 2018
We are currently accepting applications for the 2015/2016 Fellows Program.
Inquiries may be made to the church office:
St. Mark's Reformed Episcopal Church
1162 Beverly Road
Rydal, Pa 19046