Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year program developed by the School of Theology at the University of the South to provide lay persons with tools and resources that will encourage them to more fully engage their baptismal journey in daily life. Participants enroll one year at a time, each year building on the last. The heart of the program, theological reflection, is supported by an exploration of the disciplines of biblical exegesis and interpretation, systematic theology, church history, ethics, liturgics, and ascetical theology.
Through study, prayer, reflection, and small-group conversation, participants are offered an opportunity to examine their own beliefs in light of the Christian tradition and everyday experience — developing knowledge, aptitude, and identity as followers of Jesus. The first two years of the curriculum focus on Scripture (year one on the Hebrew Scriptures and year two on the New Testament), year three examines Church history, and year four focuses on theology and ethics.
Topics covered include:
- Spirituality, prayer, and worship
- The authority of the Bible for the church today
- The lessons and perspectives of history
- Theological reflection as a life skill
- Integrating behavior and belief for faithful living
- Discovering vocation, passion, and one’s place in the church
Education for Ministry Fall Mentor Training
September 27-29, 2019, at Cathedral Ridge
Fall 2018 EfM Mentor Training will take place Thursday, September 27, through Saturday, September 29, at beautiful Cathedral Ridge. The training is for individuals:
- Seeking accreditation or re-accreditation for the purpose of mentoring an Education for Ministry group
- Exploring the possibility of becoming an EfM mentor
Training begins at 3:00 pm on Thursday and runs through 3:00 pm on Saturday. Participants must be present for the entire training event in order to be considered for accreditation/re-accreditation.
Foundations of Seminar Life will equip people to understand the role and responsibility of an EfM mentor. Those who successfully complete the training will be accredited as mentors by the Beecken Center at the University of the South. The training is experiential and its aim is to equip the participant for recruiting and mentoring an EfM group, as well as further the participant’s understanding of group theological reflection.
Cost of the training is $350 and includes training and materials, housing in Lupine Lodge at Cathedral Ridge Thursday and Friday nights, and meals during the training. Registration deadline: Friday, August 31, 2018.
Contact Cheri Winter for further registration information.
EfM Fall Registration is Happening Now!
Interested in a safe, supportive community to explore your faith, ask questions about the Bible and its message for today, or discuss the many ways in which Christians can make a loving impact on the world around us? Education for Ministry (EfM) may be the place for you. Following are active groups around the diocese that are accepting new participants.
EfM Groups currently registering:
Cathedral Church of St. John in the Wilderness, Denver
Church of the Holy Redeemer, Denver (fall) / St. Andrew’s, Denver (spring)
Grace and St. Stephen’s, Colorado Springs
St. John’s, Boulder
St. Matthew’s, Grand Junction
Rich Paul, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting day and time to be determined, September through May
St. Paul’s, Lakewood
Are you interested in EfM, but don’t see a group listed in your area? Contact Cheri Winter, EfM Diocesan Coordinator, for more information at EfM@EpiscopalColorado.org.