Education for Ministry (EfM)
EfM is a seminary course for lay people offered by the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. It is designed to equip ordinary Episcopalians to minister more effectively in the church and the world. It is not intended to be a path to ordained ministry. The curriculum covers:
- Year 1: Old Testament
- Year 2: New Testament
- Year 3: Church History
- Year 4: Theology
EFM follows the principles of adult education. So, there are neither lectures nor tests. Rather, participants spend 2-4 hours a week in individual study, then share their insights and questions with other participants.
A typical class starts with a prayer. During the first hour, participants from each year meet in small groups to discuss the textbook readings. During the second hour, the entire class meets for a common lesson—during which participants share their faith stories, engage in theological reflections, explore spiritual disciplines, and discern their personal ministries. The evening ends with a brief worship service (such as Compline) led by one of the participants.
The class usually takes two field trips each year to learn first-hand about other faith traditions. In past years participants have visited a local synagogue, Greek Orthodox church, mosque, Buddhist temple, Hindu temple, and Franciscan monastery.
At St. George's, a new EFM class starts each September and ends the following May. The class currently meets every Tuesday evening from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. (but the meeting time is decided each year by participants).
For more information, contact St. George's EFM mentor, Terrence Doyle