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Certificate Programs from the New York School of Ministry

Our registration system has a new look, but you can still register and pay online. Click here to see our upcoming Events and start the process! Click on Supply Preacher Certificate Program, and the registration box will follow the program information at the bottom of the page. If you have problems,  please contact NYSOM’s clerk, Rev. Leigh McCaffrey, at

 Registration for the Supply Preacher Certificate Program is now open.Since we are very close to our minimum number to run the 2017-18 Supply Preacher Certificate Program, we’ve extended registration until September 1 and adjusted the schedule to begin on September 18. Check out the revised schedule here.  The program, which runs from September to June and is entirely webconferenced, is designed for lay people who want to learn how to preach and lead worship well, so that they can act as supply preachers (able to fill in when ministers are ill or away) in their congregations or in their associations. This program does not prepare persons for any form of authorized ministry.

Click here for a pdf with a full description of the program. 

A graduate of the Supply Preacher Certificate Program shares her experience on Vimeo.  


The Christian Studies Program is for individuals who want to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith. Read more about the program and register here.


Sherry Cousins, celebrating her graduation from
the  Christian Studies program, with her mentor
Rev. Sue Forsyth.

The Christian Leadership Program is for individuals who want to develop as leaders, including those preparing for licensed ministry. Read more about the program and register here. .

To apply for either the Christian Studies Program  or the Christian Leadership Program   click here. 


The Advanced Christian Leadership Program is for those preparing for commissioned ministry. Read more about the program.

The Ministry of Word & Sacrament Program is for those preparing for ordained ministry. Read more about the program.

Many of these programs have Supervised Ministry as part of the requirement. Read more about Supervised Ministry. 

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Rev. Becky West was ordained on May 21, 2017.
(from left) Rev. Brenda McCutcheon - second grad
of the W&S Program, Craig Wilson, participant
in the W&S program, Becky, Rev. Dr. Marjorie
Purnine, and Rev. Marna Pritchard, first grad
from the Word & Sacrament Program.




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