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Priest in Church

The School of Theology 

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Equipping Ruling Elders and Church Leaders

SC5 School of Theology is sponsored by the five presbyteries in South Carolina: Charleston-Atlantic, Foothills, New Harmony, Providence, and Trinity.

Who attends the SC5 School of Theology?

  • Church Leaders interested in learning more.

  • Ruling Elders interested in learning more.

  • Ruling Elders interested in being commissioned to serve and lead congregations.

  • Faith Formation Leaders interested in better equipping themselves to teach.

When?  Classes are held in the Spring (usually March) and Fall (usually October) each year.

Where? At Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC

How? Complete the registration process.

  • Purchase the selected textbook for your class.

  • If you choose the CRE track, complete the SC5 School of Theology Endorsement Form: At the beginning of this educational journey, students are required to have the endorsement of the Session from their home church.

Additional benefits:

  •  Fellowship: connecting with other Presbyterian leaders in the state

  • Collaboration: learning from and with other participants and faculty

Additional Forms & Resources: 

Students from Charleston Atlantic, New Harmony, Providence, and Trinity, please contact your presbyteries for presbytery specific requirements.

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SC5 School of Theology

The SC5 School of Theology offers a two-track approach for training church leaders. Ordained or non-ordained students may enroll in the Enrichment Track (ET). The Commissioned Ruling Elder Track (CRE) is provided for Ruling Elders who want to become Commissioned Ruling Elder candidates. Students will enroll and attend the same classes. Students in the CRE track will complete a take-home assignment for grading. CRE Track students must receive endorsement from their Session and from the Committee on Ministry of Presbytery. Once the endorsement is complete, a copy of the form should be sent to the registrar of the school.

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Track 1
ENRICHMENT

The Enrichment Track (ET) is for Presbyterian members who want personal enrichment for teaching or leading in their congregation. Participants are not required to be ordained elders. Students taking the courses for enrichment are not required to complete exams or projects. Participants receive a Certificate upon completion of the required seven courses. After receiving the Certificate, Enrichment track students may continue to take courses for ongoing learning.

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Track 2
COMMISSIONED
RULING ELDERS

The Commissioned Ruling Elder Track (CRE) is for ordained Ruling Elders interested in acquiring the necessary training for eligibility to become Commissioned Ruling Elders (CRE) as indicated in the Book of Order G-2.1001 and 2.1002. Ruling Elders are required to secure the endorsement of the Session of their home church and endorsement of their presbytery’s Committee on Ministry. Elders may take one course while the endorsement process is underway.  CRE Track participants are assigned a take-home project (exam, essay, or other assignment) to be completed and submitted to the professor by a certain date. The professor submits the grades for each semester to the SC5 School of Theology Registrar, who updates each student’s record. Participants receive a Diploma upon completion of the required eight courses.  After receiving a Diploma, students are required to take one refresher course per year for continuing education.

SC5 School of Theology Courses
1. Old Testament Survey (Spring)
2. New Testament Survey (Fall)
3. Reformed Theology (Fall)
4. Polity (Spring)
5. Church History (Spring)
6. Pastoral Care (Fall)
7. Worship and Sacraments (Spring)
8. Preaching (Fall) (not required for Enrichment Track certificate)
9. Elective – one elective is offered each semester

SC5 School of Theology Leadership

  • Debbie Foster (Foothills Presbytery Leader/Stated Clerk), Dean of the SC5 School of Theology

  • Robin Morris (Foothills Presbytery Associate Stated Clerk), Registrar for the SC5 School of Theology

  • Michele Jones (Charleston Atlantic Presbytery Office Administrator), Treasurer for the SC5 School of Theology.

Faculty Members are college and seminary professors and Ministers of the Word and Sacrament (PCUSA) who have a passion for equipping church leaders in our state. A brochure is published for each semester listing the professors and providing a brief bio.

Representatives from each of the five SC presbyteries serve on the Planning & Advisory Committee. The current members are:

  • Charleston Atlantic: Henry Meeuwse, Bo Hamilton, Cassandra Roper

  • Foothills: Elizabeth Jones, Robin Morris

  • New Harmony: Elijah Washington, Chuck Staggs, Delicia Harper-Baxter

  • Providence: Max Russell, Philip Wright

  • Trinity: Ray Bell, Virginia Peterkin

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