Ministry School

Emerson Theological Seminary at Joyful Gathering Spiritual Center







To guide and support those who have received the high holy calling to ministry, by facilitating high standards of excellence and integrity.

To provide the highest level of education, deepening of consciousness and an expanded awareness of spirituality. To develop a healing message to the world in whatever directions one is called.

Having an internal “call to ministry” is the first entrance requirement into Joyful Gathering’s Seminary. Once the call has been heard, the following requirements apply:

  • A Practitioner of Religious Science Credential from Emerson Theological Institute, Centers for Spiritual Living or another recognized Religious Science licensing organization.
  • A college degree is preferred, but not required.
  • To enroll in Joyful Gathering’s School of Ministry, contact Reverend Margaret Palagye directly.
  • Participate in a pre-enrollment interview with JGSC’s Senior Minister.
  • Enroll in Emerson Theological Institute’s Religious Science Ministerial Degree program ( Reverend Margaret Palagye will have this enrollment application for you.

Hours Requirements Obtaining a Ministerial Credential consists of two elements:

  • Units of Instruction – a minimum of 495 Classroom Hours
  • Service Work Hours – a minimum of 220 Hours

The 495 classroom hours may be obtained through a variety of means including specialized classes taken at JGSC, video/audio classes facilitated at JGSC, Emerson Institute Distance Learning courses, etc. Credit may be given for past coursework or experience.

The 220 Service Work Hours are to be obtained during and after the Ministerial Training. There will be a 6-month internship.

Classroom Hours The classroom hours are divided into seven categories, as identified below

Consciousness of the Ministry -120 hours


New Thought

Science and Religion (Science and Metaphysics)

Pastoral Care and Ceremonies

Church Admin/Operations

Teaching and Public

Getting Started

To begin your journey toward your Ministerial Credential please set up an appointment with Reverend Margaret Palagye-856-261-4549


Class I begins April 2017 – Call to Ministry

When: Thursday April 27th – June 15th, 2017

Time: 7:00 – 9:30 PM

Cost: $200 + $15 for materials

Book: Callings by Gregg Levoy $16.

Where: Rev. Margaret’s Home

925 S. Larkspur Place

Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

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Class II begins September 2017 – High Consciousness

When: Thursdays, Sep. 21st – Dec. 14th, 2017

Time: 7:00 – 9:30 PM

Cost: $265 + $15 for materials

Book: Entering the Castle by Carolyn Myss

Where: Rev. Margaret’s Home

925 S. Larkspur Place

Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054


Class III begins January 2018 – Spiritual Ethics and Leadership

When: Thursdays, Jan. 18th – May 3rd, 2018

Time: 7:00 – 9:30 PM

Cost: $350 + books

Books: Developing the Leader Within You by John C. Maxwell, Jesus CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership by Laurie Beth Jones and The Last Word on Power by Tracy Goss

Where: Rev. Margaret’s Home

925 S. Larkspur Place

Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054


Class IV begins September 2018 – Homiletics: The Art and Science of Public Speaking

Dates: Thursday, September 20th – November 29th, 2018

Time: 7:00-9:30pm

Cost: $300. plus book(s)

Where: 925 Larkspur Pl. S. Mount Laurel 08054

Books: Check back for further details


Class V – Spiritual Psychology

Resumes January 17th 2019

Our ministerial seminary resumes Thursday, January 17th 2019 with this 6-week class facilitated by Joleen Benedict, RScP.



Dates: Thursdays, January 17, 2019 – February 21, 2019

Time: 7:00-9:30 PM

Cost: $150 plus supplies

Facilitator: Joleen Benedict, RScP

Where: 925 Larkspur Pl. S. Mount Laurel 08054


Class VI – Creating Sacred Ceremonies

Thursdays, September 19 – November 14, 2019


Our ministerial seminary resumes Thursday, September 19 2019 with this 9-week class facilitated by Rev, Margaret Palagye




Dates: Thursdays, September 19, 2019 – November 14, 2019

Time: 7:00-9:30 PM

Cost: $180 plus $15. workbook

Facilitator: Rev. Margaret Palagye

Where: 925 Larkspur Pl. S. Mount Laurel 08054

Book: Sacred Ceremony: How to Create Ceremonies for Healing, Transitions and Celebrations, Stephen Farmer