HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT EFM?
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year program of theological education by extension from the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Over 70,000 persons have participated in the program, and in the United States more than 22,000 have completed the full four years. Here at Christ Church there are more than 30 graduates of EfM. The seminar group is the nucleus of the EfM program. A group consists of six to twelve participants and a trained mentor who meet weekly over the course of a nine-month academic year (Sandy Early and Walt Kindergan will be co-mentors this year). Through study, prayer, and reflection, the EfM group moves toward a new understanding of the fullness of God’s kingdom. Participants are given weekly assignments to study with the help of resource guides. In the seminar members share their insights and discoveries as well as discuss questions which arise in their study. More important is the development of skills in theological reflection. The goal is to learn to think theologically. By examining their own beliefs and their relationship to our culture and the tradition of our Christian faith, participants can learn what it means to be effective ministers in the world. Cost is $350.00 per year. EfM starts up again in early September. If you are interested or simply have questions, please call Sandy Early at 206-2544.