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A Message From the Dean

Dear Friends of the Maine School of Ministry (MESOM),

      MESOM currently offers affordable fall and spring courses taught by highly qualified faculty which are designed for adult students who are exploring their own spiritual formation, exploring a call to ministry, as well as ordained clergy seeking quality continuing education.

     MESOM is open to all persons seeking spiritual and educational and enrichment. In addition, as both the vision and reach of MESOM expands, shorter courses and workshops will be offered in collaboration with other organizations, local churches, and other justice seeking groups here in Maine and beyond.

      Please feel free to contact me directly for further conversation abut MESOM. I’m always excited to hear about your interests and your ideas about possibilities for future offerings.  My email is rbaard@maineucc.org

Many blessings,


The Rev. Dr. Ron Baard, Dean

2022 June Intensive Course
Changing Face of Ministry

– Learn More & Register Below!

Join the Maine School of Ministry as we look into the changes happening in ministry!

Saturday, June 4th – Oxford UCC
Saturday, June 11th – Acton UCC
Saturday, June 18th – The Neighborhood in Bath
Saturday, June 2th – Grace Street Ministry in Portland

(Scholarships Available!)

Course Description: “PrTh-Pb 3 Church Practice—The Changing Face of Ministry” is a June Intensive practice-based course which will examine the subject of “emerging ministries.”

Meeting 1 will explore bivocational ministry and the phenomenon of emerging ministries. There will
be an overview of that context by the Instructor as well as presentations by the students of
sections of John Dorhauer’s Beyond Resistance: The Institutional Church meets the Postmodern
World (2015) and Part 1 of Darryl Stephen’s (collaborative project) Bivocational and Beyond:
Educating for Thriving Multivocational Ministry (2021).

Meetings 2, 3, and 4 will be a continuation of our discussions emerging and bi-vocational ministries,
including neighborhood/community churches, and ministry with special populations like the
homeless and marginalized. All meetings will be conducted on-site.

At each meeting,
• mornings will feature a two-part seminar at which (~10-10:50am) assigned readings will be
considered and (~11-12:00) presentations by students will be made.
• afternoons will feature a presentation by the pastor (and possibly a colleague). Topics may
include: the history and evolution of the ministry; present-day opportunities; and challenges
of that particular setting.

Course Instructor:

Rev. Dr. Leslie L. Foley, BCC

Instructor Maine School of Ministry


Photo of Rev. Dr. Leslie L. Foley BCC
A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Lancaster Theological Seminary and Andover Newton Theological School, The Reverend Dr. Leslie Foley is a UCC Minister, Board Certified Chaplain and Teacher.  After graduating with with a Master of Divinity degree, Leslie served as a chaplain resident at Yale-New Haven Hospital. From there, Leslie went on to become a board certified chaplain and to serve as a chaplain and minister in a variety of health care and church settings in CT and Maine. Leslie is currently serving on the Advisory Committee for the Maine School of Ministry and as the settled pastor of Westbrook-Warren Congregational Church.
Not quite an empty-nester, Leslie lives in Falmouth with  her wife , Cheryl, and one of her three sons. She is an animal lover who enjoys gardening, reading, building, creating, walking,  spending time outdoors, and making memories with her family, friends and pets.

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