Parish Support of VTS

Seminaries of the Episcopal Church receive no financial support from the national church. The Episcopal Church, however, by Resolution at its General Convention in 1982 has asked all congregations to give “at least one percent of its net disposable budgeted income to one or more of the accredited seminaries” in support of theological education.

Now, more than ever, parishes and missions have a critical stake in the quality of men and women who will preach from their pulpits, teach in classrooms, and serve in mission fields.

VTS continues to rely on parish giving, which amounts to close to 40% of each year’s Annual Giving, to meet its continued commitment to the needs of clergy and laity in congregations throughout the church.

We are grateful for the parish support that comes to Virginia Theological Seminary and urge your congregation to participate annually in the Parish 1% Giving Plan to support the seminaries of the Episcopal Church.

Over the years, VTS has been strengthened though its outreach and interaction with many congregations in the Episcopal Church. The Seminary will continue produce both lay and ordained leaders for the Church.

In addition to our extensive Field Education program with over 130 parishes and other institutions, each year the Seminary offers to send students and faculty members to preach and speak about theological education at church forums in the Washington, D.C. area, and elsewhere in the country. We are available on Theological Education Sunday, which takes place on the first Sunday in February or on any Sunday following in Epiphany.

We welcome your inquiries with respect to Parish Giving to the Seminary. If your parish is interested in having a Seminary visitor on Theological Education Sunday please contact Shelagh Casey Brown at 1-800-941-0083 or 703-461-1711, or e-mail her at

Your gifts enable the Seminary to prepare men and women to address timeless needs in an ever-changing world, without the oppressive burden of significant educational debt incurred while at Seminary. Your gifts also allow the Seminary to meet the needs of congregations and communities in the wider church at a time of great challenge and opportunity.

The Seminary depends upon the philanthropy of all our friends, and we are forever grateful for that support.