Education for Ministry
Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program of the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee) provides people with the education to carry out that ministry. Through study, prayer and reflection, EfM groups discover how to respond to the call to Christian service.
What is EfM? EfM IS …
… Education for(mation) Ministry
… a setting for individual spiritual growth
… a four-year introduction to biblical and theological development (taken in one-year increments
… a seminar-setting with 7 – 14 fellow participants (1 – 2 serve as facilitators / mentors)
… an opportunity to define and articulate personal beliefs on a variety of theological topics
… exposure to a variety of opinions, ideas, and concepts that promote open-ended reflections
EfM is NOT …
… a traditional Bible study (although both Old and New Testaments are studied over the course of the program)
… a lecture-based learning environment (there are NO “experts”)
… free, although Illinois participants do receive a reduction in overall fees ($350 instead of $460)
EfM does NOT …
… require written papers or tests
EfM DOES …
… require considerable college-level reading each week
… requires an open-mind and spirit willing to encounter change
… offer 18 Continuing Education Units (CEU) for each year completed
Education for Ministry Mentor Training
Education for Ministry (EfM) mentor training will be held in August of 2017, exact dates TBD. Training will be held at Techny Towers in Techny IL. Both a basic/in-service training and a formation training in spirituality will be offered. Fees for the training are based on whether the participant elects to stay at Techny Towers for the duration or not. Registration and fees will be updated here soon.
To learn more about EfM in the Diocese of Chicago, please talk with EfM coordinator Cherryl Holt via email.