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Program Goals

The goal of Servants Prep is to impact, teach and make disciples to live a spiritually mature, integrated, Orthodox Christian life.
  • The program will require a full commitment and significant effort on the part of the disciple.
  • The program will focus on discipleship, study/instruction, allow some hands-on training and enable the students to begin building a collection of important books of their own.
Class Overview
  • The Servants Prep Program is a 3-year program as established by our Diocese. Each disciple must complete all three years to become a qualified servant, carrying and preserving the teachings of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the ministries of the church and in our community. 
  • Each disciple is required to bring his/her Bible with a pen and notebook to class.
  • The class will consist of a study in the one of the biblical books and a lesson from the curriculum. 
  • There will be three (3) semesters and periods of evaluations per year:
    • Fall Semester: begins in September until December
    • Spring Semester: begins January until May
    • Summer: begins June until August
  • You need to score a minimum of 75% to move to the next semester. Your scores will be calculated as follows:
    • Attendance (class and retreats) 50%
    • Assignments         25%
    • Tests        25%
  • Occasionally, you will have a special assignment in the class, such as leading the prayers, presentation, retreat planning, etc. 
  • You will have a homework assignment weekly.
  • It is essential to have a spiritual canon that includes daily prayer from the Agpeya and bible reading.
Attendance Policy 
  • Class is every Friday from 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. 
    • Once class is in session, we ask you to refrain from walking in to class unless you had previously informed one of the servants that you would be late.
    • Please report your absence to your servants. 
Program of Study

The program will include the following broad topic categories: spirituality of the servant, the Holy Bible, patristics, liturgical subjects, church history, sacraments, social topics, topics on service, dogma/doctrine, comparative theology.

Disciple Success 
Factors that will determine successful completion of the course will include the following:
  • Attention to individual spiritual growth and maturity
    • This is the most important role of the disciple. Along with the encouragement and instruction from the course, every disciple is expected to do their part by establishing their own spiritual canon, working on their personal relationship with the Holy Trinity, and maintaining regular attendance of the divine liturgy, partaking of the Eucharist, and confessing. 
    • The disciple is expected to have a fully integrated Orthodox Christian life, which means being consistent in behavior across all aspects of life (church, work, family, social life, etc.) and striving to live a life of purity and holiness pleasing to our Lord.
  • Attendance and participation in weekly class meetings and retreats
    • The class will meet weekly on Friday from 7:30 pm-9:00 pm.
    • All disciples are expected to show up on time and attend all classes. 
    • If you need to miss a class (only for unexpected or unusual circumstances), you must notify the servants beforehand.
    • There are expected to be Saturday retreats/seminars. Disciples are expected to attend these events.
  • Completion of regular homework and reading assignments
    • All homework and reading assignments are expected to be completed on time.
    • Consistent and complete participation is required to continue taking the course.
  • Satisfactory grades on exams and quizzes
    • Every disciple is expected to study, learn and do their best on all exams. The spirit and effort is the most important part.