OPC Summer Institute
OPSI 2012 lecture
This June 18–20, eight to ten ministerial candidates will gather in a quiet and charming New Hampshire lodge in the heart of the White Mountains, conducive to thoughtful discussion. The men will have previously read several books in preparation. Lectures and informal conversation will give time for presentation and reflection on the material presented.
The gathering is the Summer Institute, a ministry of the Committee on Christian Education through its Subcommittee on Ministerial Training. Similar to the successful Timothy Conference, though with an older age group in view, the Summer Institute offers a taste of ministry in the OPC through an intensive time of reflection and conversation. Topics to be considered:
- The OPC: distinguishing characteristics and continuity with the Reformed tradition
- The centrality, nature and benefits of being a confessional church
- The importance of the means of grace in the church's mission
- The meaning of a culturally-aware pilgrim church
- The work of a minister of the Word in an organized church and a mission work
Instructors for the program include ruling elders Darryl Hart and John Muether, Rev. Stephen J. Tracey, minister of Lakeview OPC in Rockport, Maine, and Rev. Gregory Reynolds, editor of Ordained Servant, minister of Amoskeag OPC in Manchester, New Hampshire, and director of the Institute.
Young men in their senior year of college and first two years of seminary are eligible to attend. Room and board will be provided, as well as a grant to subsidize travel expenses. Candidates must submit a 500 to 1000 word essay that describes their understanding of the nature of Presbyterianism and their personal commitment to be an Orthodox Presbyterian minister. Their pastor or elder must submit a recommendation.
OPSI 2012 meal
OPSI 2012 group pic
Reflections from previous attendees:
- "A clear and concise introduction to the what OPC ministry is."
- "I will be pushing it next year on all my friends so they might learn about benefits of the OPC."
- "The sessions were well planned and the topics were relevant. The experience was a fantastic time of focus and fellowship."
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Applications must be submitted by April 15, 2013. The application form may be downloaded here. Save the page to your desktop using your browser's "File, Save Page As" commands, open in word processor, fill in form, save and email to email@example.com