Discernment Tools

Worship Life

As God's people our worship life is at the heart of who we are. The Gettysburg Seminary community has a variety of intentional ways to nurture the life of faith and prayer of students, particularly through daily midday worship (M-F), evening prayer (S-Th), covenant groups and spiritual direction.


Each weekday when classes are in session the community gathers at noontime for student and faculty led worship services.  You can expect a variety of music, liturgies, and preaching styles as each worship leader brings his or her own personality to the praise and worship of God.


Each school night (Sunday through Thursday) students gather in the quad, either outdoors or in one of the housing buildings, to end the day together gathered in prayer.  This student led worship service boasts a more intimate and relaxed worship experience.

Seminary and Motet Choirs

The Seminary and Motet Choirs, directed by Dr. Stephen Folkemer, Professor of Church Music, are the two choirs of the Seminary.  The Seminary Choir meets Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 12:50-1:25pm and sings during the weekly midday Eucharist service on Wednesdays.  The Motet Choir rehearses Wednesday evenings and sings during the monthly evening Eucharist service.  All members of the community - students, families, faculty and staff - are welcome to join either (or both!) choir for a semester or the entire year.

Seminary Bands

Throughout the year there are several opportunities for instrument players to use their gifts and skills to help lead worship.  Brass, woodwind, strings, pianists and percussionists are encouraged to speak with Dr. Stephen Folkemer, Professor of Church Music about how to join in one of the bands.

Covenant Groups 

Seminary is a time of formation and growth in all aspects of life and Covenant Groups are one way the Seminary community intentionally supports the total well-being of students.  Using the wellness wheel as a model, Covenant Groups meet to support each other through prayer, fellowship and service.  Each school year all students are assigned to a Covenant Group, which is led by a second year student.

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is a spiritual discipline that pairs a trained individual in the ministry of listening to accompany others on their spiritual journey.  Spiritual direction can help a person grow closer to God, discern what God is up to in their lives and develop richer spiritual lives.  While a required spiritual discipline for candidates for diaconal ministry, all students are encouraged to seek out a spiritual director as part of their spiritual life and growth.  To get connected to a Spiritual Director in the Gettysburg area, see Pastor Ginny Price, Coordinator of Spiritual Formation.