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The Brethren Academy offers a variety of certificate and continuing education programs. Certificate programs are intended for lay people who want to learn more about the faith and calling of Christian community; licensed ministers who are part of the certificate training program to fulfill minimal educational requirements for ordination; and ministers seeking continuing education. A copy of the ACTS Handbook is available here.

SVMC offers ACTS courses concurrently in the five partnering districts. Students may cross register for the courses. Districts may provide some financial assistance according to district policy (see pp. 20-21 of the current Catalog).

The ACTS certificate program is a carefully designed program of 13 courses plus a series of ministry formation experiences that are repeated approximately every four years.

Training experiences:

  • Ministry Formation
  • Supervised Ministry
  • Annual Conference
  • District Conference
  • An ecumenical, interfaith, or intercultural experience

Students are encouraged to take all 13 academic courses, but a minimum of 12 are required to complete the program:

  • 3 Biblical (Intro to  Old Testament, Intro to New Testament, Interpreting the Bible)
  • 3 Historical/Theological (History of the Church, Brethren Life & Thought, Intro to Theology)
  • 6 Ministry Skills (Church Leadership & Administration and 5 of the following: Intro to Pastoral Care, Teaching & Learning in the Church, Preaching, Worship, Evangelism & Church Growth, Communication Skills for Pastoral Ministry, 1 approved elective).

Details about ACTS courses offered in the current year can be found on pp. 16-19 of the current catalog. The plan of courses to be offered in the next three years can be found on p. 15 of the ACTS Student Handbook. 

Ministers can audit these courses for 1.5 CEUs (continuing education units).

To register for courses, contact SVMC at 717-361-1450 or

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