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

… 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

To learn more about EfM in the Diocese of Chicago, please talk with EfM coordinator Cherryl Holt via email.