Education for Ministry
Looking for a committed way to deepen your faith? Consider Education for Ministry (EfM), which typically begins in the fall of each year. For questions about EfM at St. Anne’s, contact the Rev. Ellen Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christians face the difficult and often subtle task of interpreting the richness of their faith in a complex and sometimes confusing world. Education for Ministry offers theological education which supports our faith and teaches us to express that faith in day-to-day events. The EfM program, designed and administered by the School of Theology at the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, is one of study, prayer and reflection in local groups of six to ten participants and a trained mentor who meet weekly for 2-3 hours over the course of a nine-month academic year.
The goal is for the study of Scripture and Christian tradition to intersect with the lives and experiences of the group members through a course of individual reading and preparation leading to weekly discussion and sharing of insights and discoveries. The full program is 4 years, focusing one year each on Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, and Theology, though students commit to only one year at a time.
The EfM program does not evaluate or recommend individuals for ordination, nor does not teach the skills of preaching, leading worship, administering sacraments or spiritual direction, which are taught in seminaries.
What EfM does teach is that all Christians are called to be active participants in the Church’s total Ministry of the Baptized, participating in the Church’s vocation to continue the work of Jesus Christ, who reconciled the world to God. EfM prepares its graduates to answer God’s call in their lives and to fulfill the promises made in the Baptismal Covenant.