“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16)
Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate – The Church of Alexandria

St. Mary & St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church
Reaching out to Somerset and Hunterdon Counties in NJ

SMSA Servants’ Education Program

Overview – St. Mary and St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church Servants’ Education Program is committed to prepare its servants to lead their entrusted services with love, humility and knowledge. It is our goal for each individual servant to grow in faith and advance their understanding of the Orthodox Christian faith, the Coptic Church tradition and early fathers’ teachings.

Our ultimate objective in this program is to lay a strong spiritual foundation, and to provide participants with:

  • A learning environment shaped by the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • A host of references, tools and materials that embody the principals of the Alexandrian Coptic Orthodox Church as they were institutionalized by our early fathers and keepers of the deposit of faith.

The Servants Education Program encompasses two complementing components:

  • Youth Program
  • Adults Program

Summary of Youth Program – This program consists of a 3-year servant’s preparatory program for 10th -12th grade high school students. Over the course of the program, students will be in an online environment that will move from videos, readings, reflections, interactions, and live lectures. Additionally, there will be various service rotations assigned to gain experience serving in various capacities during the 3rd year of the program.

Summary of Adult Program – This program involves an accelerated adult program as well as on-ongoing continuous religious education seminars for all adults & servants. The accelerated program is an 18-month program consisting of 9 courses and book study.