of South Alabama

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Transformed lives


Academy for Equipping the Saints

The Presbytery of South Alabama is excited and pleased to offer for the seventh time the "Academy for Equipping the Saints" – a comprehensive training ministry to equip the laity in our presbytery for teaching and/or leading adults and youth in the local church.  Our new class, beginning in the Fall of 2017 is the class of 2017-2019. This is a two (2) year commitment by individuals, supported by their home church, for training in Bible, Theology and Teaching with "hands-on" practicality or Transformational Leadership. The teaching leadership will come from PCUSA seminaries and/or colleges as well as Certified Educators and Pastors.

Enrollment in this program is considered the answer to a "call" by God through the church, to an individual to an unprecedented level of spiritual growth as a teacher or leader. Consequently, Pastors, Sessions, Christian Education Committees and individuals are encouraged to prayerfully consider whom they will nominate for admittance into the Academy.

Students will participate in four teaching weekend seminars, which will include prior preparation with required class readings and a possible follow-up project. The final weekend for some (depending on the tract) will include an assigned project to plan, implement and evaluate with the help of a mentor. Upon completion of the two (2) year commitment, the candidates will be recognized and receive a certificate during a service at their home church. The graduates names will be listed at the presbytery meeting following their final retreat.

What a blessing to have our AES participants learning from such great teachers as Bob Bryant, Associate Professor of Religion at Presbyterian College (Bible), and Martha Moore-Keish from Columbia Seminary (Reformed Theology), Rev. Toby Mueller (Transformational Leadership) and our own Commissioned Ruling Elder (and Certified Christian Educator), Dee Koza.


This last class of 2015-2017 opened with a new option of a Leadership Tract.  Dee Koza led the TEACHING tract and Toby Mueller led the Leadership Tract. We have heard wonderful feedback about this new component to AES!

The nominated candidates are required to submit a completed application including the fee to the Academy. The classes are offered in a retreat setting from Friday evening – Sunday, ending around lunch time.

To provide a quality education experience enrollment in the Academy is limited to 24 candidates (a maximum of 4 from any church). Applications will be accepted on a first come-first served basis and the Academy will maintain a waiting list.

Please be reminded that your church – by way of the Session and/or Christian Education committee should be the one(s) to invite and encourage individuals from churches to attend the Academy.

Costs will be shared by the Presbytery, participating churches and individual candidates. Online registration and payment processing will be available for the Fall 2017 session of AES.