Guided by the Charter for Lifelong Christian Formation and the Four-fold path of Becoming Beloved Community, the diocesan office of formation supports the Christian Formation of all people of all ages and vocations in our diocese. From Becoming Beloved Community to Procter summer camp to licensed ministry training, we work with our congregations to make disciples and to further the ministry of healing and reconciliation in our relationships with God, each other, and all of God’s creation.

Formation Opportunities and Resources

Procter Summer Camp

Procter summer camp is an experience beloved in this diocese. A time where children and families experience the restorative joy that comes from being enveloped in God’s creation, a loving and inclusive community, and a fun environment. This year, we have summer camp weeks for late elementary, middle school, and high school ages. We also have camps for whole families and for adults over 50.

Education for Ministry

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together. Contact The Rev. Cameron O’Riley for more information.

Centered: A Christian Discipleship Experience

Centered is a discipleship series guiding small gathered communities to get deeply rooted in love with God and one another, so that we all may grow to look, act, and love more like Jesus. The experience includes an initial three-session training for group facilitators, followed by nine core sessions during which church members, neighbors, and friends gather to share a meal and grateful prayer; view two short films, discuss questions about God, belonging, and living a meaningful life; and support for each other in committing to intentionally follow Jesus and his Way of Love.

The Way of Love

The Way of Love is a way of life. More than a program or curriculum, it is an intentional commitment to a set of practices. It’s a commitment to follow Jesus: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest.

2023 Lenten Resources and Opportunities

Lay Licensed Ministry

The ministers of the Church are lay persons, bishops, priests, and deacons. Lay persons are commissioned for their ministry by the Sacrament of Holy Baptism and carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world.

Lay ministry comes in many forms, but some ministries require a license from the ecclesiastical authority in the diocese. Currently in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, worship leaders, preachers, and eucharistic ministers and visitors, can be licensed after

  • Completing both Safe Church and Dismantling Racism training
  • Completing the appropriate ministry training either by local clergy or diocesan clergy/leaders
  • Completing the licensing process

For more information on how to become licensed or to renew a license, contact The Rev. Canon Jason Oden.

Diocesan Partners

Faith in Life Committee
Commission on Ministry
Commission on Congregational Life
Creation Care and Environmental Justice Commission

Formation Team

Canon for Formation and New Episcopal Communities

The Rev. Canon Jason Oden

Latino Ministries

Jake Otte

Director of Formation Projects and Family Ministry

Emma Helms-Steinmetz

Associate for Curriculum Development

The Rev. Christopher Richardson

Director of Youth Ministry

Adam Hayden

Director of Dismantling Racism

Miriam McKenney

Missioner for New Episcopal Communities

The Rev. Joseph Kovitch

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