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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 forming future church leaders, and to the educational 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 consider supporting VTS through a parish gift.

Virginia Theological Seminary wants to engage with your parish. We do this in a variety of ways, including:
 
  • Theological Education Sunday
  • Lifetime Theological Education
  • Field Education opportunities
  • Placement services: job postings for parishes seeking new clergy and staff
  • The Center for Liturgy and Music (coming in 2015)
 
Virginia Theological Seminary is honoring Theological Education Sunday (TES) on February 1, 2015. TES is the day set aside to offer prayers and support for theological education for all the baptized of our Church. VTS will celebrate Theological Education Sunday by sending faculty, staff and students to preach and teach in parishes around the country. Take advantage of the opportunity to have a VTS representative at your parish, who will lift up and celebrate seminary and lifelong education in the church.
 
If your parish is interested in having a Seminary representative on Theological Education Sunday, please contact Shelagh Casey Brown at 703.461.1711 or scbrown@vts.edu.
 
VTS is also supplying materials for use in communicating about Theological Education Sunday in parishes. These include: