Summer for the Books

Help Pastors Access Mental Health Training.

Across our communities, access to mental health services can be limited, and wait times can be daunting. In moments of need, people turn to those they know and trust in times of crisis – their pastors. Pastors are increasingly called upon to offer emergency mental health interventions that often exceed the level of their training.  Pastors need increased levels of training to effectively respond to these crises.

To meet this need, Acadia Divinity College is launching a new continuing education program entitled “ADC Expand“. The first micro-credentialed course being offered in June of 2024 is “Mental Health Care in the Church” taught by Dr. Glen Berry, the William and Virginia Leach Associate Professor of Pastoral Psychology. In addition to the instruction with Dr. Berry, participants will receive high-quality mental health training from Nova Scotia Health.

R.E.A.D. to Raise Financial Support.

This summer you can read with purpose! We are inviting you to join ADC’s Summer for the Books to raise financial support for pastors to access this course. By leveraging the reading you are already doing, you can play a crucial role in equipping our pastors with the necessary skills to offer competent mental health support. Every page you turn, every chapter you complete, can transform into vital financial assistance for pastors enrolling in a specialized course at Acadia Divinity College.

For every $350 raised, a pastor can receive high-quality training for free to better serve those grappling with mental health issues in our communities. Your sponsorship, your commitment to reading, becomes a beacon of hope, bridging the gap between crisis and care. Join us in making this summer count – for every book, for every life, for every pastor ready to make a difference.

Helping is easy. Following the steps below you register to participate, select your books and set a fundraising goal, and invite your friends, family, and congregations to give gifts in support of your selected summer reading, then dive into a summer of reading!

Get Ready TO R.E.A.D!

Step 1. Register


Go to Justgiving.ca to set up your account. You will be guided through the setup process. You can use the suggested text and images for your fundraisign page, or you can make it your own. Note: search for “ADC Summer for the Books” as the campaign to support when asked.

Step 2. Enter Your Goal


The first 25 people who register an account will receive a free copy of East Coast Theology: Volume One “Pandemic, Public Health, and the People of God”

While setting up your account, be sure to set a fundraising goal.
Every $350 raised will allow one pastor to access the course for free.

Don’t forget to include your reading list on your fundraising page.
You can pick your own books, or choose from a suggested reading list put together by the Faculty and Staff of ADC.
Books big or small, the choice is yours!

Step 3. Appeal to Supporters


Be sure to use
 for a chance to win an
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite eReader.


Once your account is set up you can share your fundraising page with your friends, family, and congregation. 
There are lots of ways to spread the word. You can share it on your social media channels, in an email or direct message, by text, or in your church bulletin.
You could start a book club for the summer, use one of your books as a small group/bible study resource. or invite others in your congregation to read with you.

Donations need to be received by
June 11, 2024
to ensure Pastors can access the support intime for the course.

Step 4. Dive into Reading!

Enjoy your summer of reading, but keep the conversation going! Share updates, quotes and thoughts from your reading as you go with your supporters and friends.

Be sure to join us for the ADC Friends and Alumni gathering during Oasis 2024 in Moncton, New Brunswick to celebrate together.

Summer Reading List

Anna Robbins’ Pick
“How the Body of Christ Talks”
C. Christopher Smith, Brazos Press, 2019.

ADC’s Pick
“Pandemic, Public Health, and the People of God”
ADC Faculty, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2023.

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Spending of funds is confined to board-approved programs and projects. Each restricted contribution designated towards a board-approved program or project will be used as designated, with the understanding that, when the need for such a program or project has been met, or cannot be completed for any reason determined by the board, the remaining restricted contributions designated for such program or project will be used where needed most.