A Program of Theological Education Sponsored for us by the Diocese
Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides people with an opportunity to discover how to respond to that call to Christian service and gives them confidence to participate in the Church’s ministry. Many people think that one must be ordained in order to be “a minister.” The fact is that all baptized Christians are called to be active participants in the church’s ministry.
As the emphasis on the ministry of all believers has grown, EfM has come to play an important role by providing a comprehensive educational program that strengthens faith and expands knowledge. It is a rich and enjoyable experience because the learning and reflection take place in a small group seminar. Participants not only gain their own new insights and inspiration, but also share in the insights and inspiration of others.
EfM, a program of the University of the South School of Theology, is sponsored by our Diocese and is offered in parishes here in Maine. The complete course of study covers, over a period of four years, Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, and Theology,. Studying for four years may sound like a very long commitment; but one signs up for a year at a time, and may take years off as needed or desired. Trained mentors guide the group through the study and reflection.
There are no EfM classes during the summer. They start in September, so consider enrolling for the fall in the summer. The cost is $350.00 per year, but scholarship help at the parish and diocesan levels can reduce the cost to very little.
For more information:
Visit the Education for Ministry website (http://www.sewanee.edu/EFM/index.htm)
THE EfM PROGRAM IS FOR ALL OF US
Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides us with education and confidence to carry out that ministry. It offers an opportunity to deepen our faith and to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service.
EfM IS COMPREHENSIVE
The complete continuing education course takes four years, but students commit themselves for only one year of study at a time and may take years off as needed or desired. Year One is Old Testament, Year Two is New Testament, Year Three is Church History, and Year Four is Theology.
EfM TAKES PLACE LOCALLY IN A SMALL GROUP, GUIDED BY A TRAINED MENTOR (Scroll down for information about Mentor Training)
The EfM experience is rich and enjoyable because the discussion of lessons and theological reflection* take place in community, with participants making connections and sharing their insights. Groups meet once a week, September through June, and usually take holidays off.
- EfM Program creator: EfM was developed in 1975 by the School of Theology of the University of the South at Sewanee. Visit the EfM website: http://www.sewanee.edu/EFM/index.htm
- EfM Groups Recently Meeting in Episcopal Churches in Maine:
- Cost of tuition and materials: $350.00 per year; where there is need, partial scholarships available.
- Credits given: Continuing education credits are available; there are no examinations or papers. EfM does not grant college credits.
- Most common EfM Schedule for the Year