Education for Ministry (EfM)
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A program of theological study by extension from the
School of Theology of The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.
- Small seminar groups in size from 6 to 12 students
- Trained mentors and thought-provoking texts
- Theological reflection practiced regularly
- Prayer and worship in a community of study
- Four years committed one year at a time, containing studies of:
- The Old Testament
- The New Testament
- Church History
- Theological and Moral Choices
Through study, prayer, and reflection, EfM groups move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God's kingdom and their ministries in it. Participants are given weekly assignments to study with the help of resource guides. They spend about two hours in study and preparation each week. In the 2.5-hour weekly seminars, members share their insights and discoveries and discuss questions from the study materials.
More important is the development of skills in theological reflection. The goal is to learn to think theologically. By examining their own beliefs and their relationship to our culture and the tradition of our Christian faith, participants can learn what it means to be effective ministers in the world. In coming to terms with the notion that everything we do has potential for manifesting the love of Christ, we discover that our ministry is at hand wherever we turn.
The Education for Ministry program is a four-year curriculum. Each "year" is a nine-month cycle of study. Students enroll for one cycle at a time. At the time of enrollment participants pay the full year's fee, currently $350. Fees pay for the EfM materials and an honorarium for the mentor(s). Continuing Education credits are available. Students do not have to be St. Anne’s members or Episcopalians to participate! This is a program for ALL laypersons, not necessarily those seeking a religious vocation.
Our group will begin meeting at St. Anne’s the week of September 13; a meeting day and time will be determined by the group members at the enrollment meeting on August 18. St. Anne’s member Leeann Culbreath is our trained, certified EfM mentor and can be reached at 848-2940. For more information about the program and to review sample lessons, visit http://www.sewanee.edu/EFM/index.htm.