Continuing Education

Resources for clergy and lay people

Are you looking for new tools to be successful? Are you interested in enhancing or acquiring additional skills through expansion of your knowledge? Continuing education is an important answer to meeting the complex demands facing the Episcopal Church in the twenty-first century.

Continuing education is not limited to a classroom. You can easily access a wide variety of educational opportunities through your computer, tablet or smart phone. Designed for use by both clergy and laity, this website will offer resources to promote spiritual growth, engage your mind and hone your skills.

By creating links to a wide variety of resources in a single place, this web site provides a convenient way to access books, videos, blogs, power point presentations, seminars and other educational tools. Your suggestions are always welcome. If you have recently read a book or attended a class that you found valuable, let us know about it by sending the information to

Lifelong Learning for Episcopal Lay Ministry 
Study Bibliography for those interested in Licensed Lay Ministry
Diaconal Self Study Resources
Summary of findings from 2013 survey of clergy about continuing education
Bishop O’Neill on Lifelong Learning

Worthwhile Books

Reading is a critical way to continue to expand your mind and spirit. The Commission on Ministry commends the following books, all of which are widely available:

Falling Upward by Richard Rohr

People of the Way by Dwight Zscheile

Christianity After Religion by Diana Butler Bass

In addition, the Study Bibliography for those interested in Licensed Lay Ministry provides good suggestions in a range of topics and subject areas, from Christian history, to worship, to theology and preaching.

Online Learning Links

ChurchNext – Learn from expert teachers in Scripture, liturgy, and important Christian topics. Students can interact in a safe, online environment that’s convenient, engaging, and affordable.

Spirituality and Practice – A multi-faith website on ways to practice spirituality in everyday life, this site provides e-courses, video links and book reviews.

Other Resources from The Office of the Bishop and The Episcopal Church in Colorado

The Colorado Episcopal Foundation offers annual workshops, as well as other resources to congregations and individuals interested in deepening stewardship in their communities.

The Office of Congregational Development offers many resources to church leaders, including presentations, workshops and other materials.

Spiritual Direction
Spiritual Direction Colorado  is an interfaith network that promotes spiritual direction, supports practicing spiritual directors and encourages greater awareness of spirituality and spiritual companioning throughout Colorado. It sponsors continuing education events open to all throughout the year.

Education for Ministry
Education for Ministry  courses allow lay leaders to experience deeper faith through Bible study and discussions of the relationship of faith and life experience. EfM may be experienced through face-to-face small groups or online. If your church is interested in starting an EfM group, or if you would like to become an EfM mentor, contact Don Norris at or 720-468-2779.

Learn From Each Other

In a continuing education survey in 2013, several priests were willing to discuss subjects, verbally or in writing, for the benefit of other clergy.  Examples include discernment, reconciliation after conflict in a church, implementing safe church policies, entrepreneurial leadership in a church, facilitation skills, appreciative inquiry, establishing new ministry initiatives, a stewardship approach known as “Consecration Sunday”, negotiating conflict and end of life issues. If you are interested in learning from other priests about any of these subjects, contact