The Niobrara School for Ministry (NSM) acts as the primary way that Diocese of South Dakota provides theological and ministerial education at a Diocesan level. The Niobrara School for Ministry acts as the primary means by which people in the ordination process who are undertaking their ministerial education receive their training. The Niobrara School also provides educational opportunities for lay people not seeking ordination and for already ordained clergy to continue and deepen their theological educations. The Niobrara School offers between four and five ministry weekends each year and the topics that these cover follow close to a three year rotation. In addition, the Niobrara School for Ministry offers a yearly, week-long seminar called "Summer Seminary" on various topics pertinent to theological and ministerial education. The Ministry Weekends and Summer Seminary are open to all members of the Episcopal Church in South Dakota. Those undergoing formal ministerial education in the context of the ordination process have a further course of study comprised of lectures and books in the areas of ministry canonically required by the larger Episcopal Church. This course of study is overseen by mentors who are people in the Diocese (usually clergy) with theological education and experience mentoring who are carefully selected to best help students succeed in the course of study. An extended description of the Niobrara School for Ministry Course of Study can be found in part two of the Ministry Handbook. Registration for upcoming Niobrara School Events (listed in the calendar on this page) can be accomplished either by filling out the registration form here on this page or by contacting the Marlys Fatzke at the Diocesan office, either by email or by calling (605) 494-2020.