Commissioned Ruling Elder Training
Over the years, Shenandoah Presbytery has provided training to persons wishing to be considered for Commissioning. Recently, our Presbytery and several others have partnered with Union Presbyterian Seminary beginning this fall, to offer the educational component of the program. We are excited to offer this new service that we believe will be reasonably priced and more accessible. Most classwork from Union Presbyterian will be taken online and at home. The classes are available to anyone regardless of their desire to pursue a commissioning track; however, space may be limited.
Those who wish to pursue preparation to become CREs must be in contact with Shenandoah Presbytery early on, so that we can outline the steps and procedures needed, and to explain what being a CRE can involve. Contact Bob Osborne if you are interested in applying for the CRE Program.
Please read the following documents:
ARE-CRE Policy – rev. November 2011
CRE/ARE Application Form
CRE Covenant Agreement and Explorer/Disciple Release
CRE Session Endorsement Form
Dates for Union Presbyterian Seminary Classes in 2017/18 are:
CRE and Church member courses, Phase I (Tuesdays):
September 12 – October 10, 2017: Biblical Interpretation
October 24 – November 21, 2017: Reformed Theology and Church History
February 20 – March 20, 2018: The Christian Life
April 10 – May 8, 2018: Mission and Evangelism
January 9 – February 6, 2018 (Tuesdays): Confronting Racism in the Congregation
May 24 – June 21, 2018 (Thursdays): Parables of Jesus
CRE and Church member courses, Phase II (Thursdays):
September 7 – October 5, 2017: Worship and Sacraments
October 19 – November 16, 2017: Teaching the Bible
January 11 – February 8, 2018: Polity and Administration
February 22 – March 22, 2018: Pastoral Care
April 12 – May 10, 2018: Preaching the Bible
Online portions of the courses are held from 7-9 p.m. ET on the dates listed.
Each five-week course costs $100, and requires the purchase of one book. Contact Marilyn Johns (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information, or go to www.upsem.edu/pathways to read about the program and/or to register.