Education for Ministry
As Christians we are taught that our call is to minister to the world.
This service work can take
many forms: volunteering for a church ministry; helping out
at a soup kitchen or clothing pantry; quietly taking supper to a house-bound friend. Anytime
we do something for another, if it’s offered with a full heart,
we are answering God’s call.
The Education for Ministry (EfM) program offers a more formal opportunity for discovering how to respond to the call to
EfM, a four-year theological course of study from the University of
the South, offers participants the education and skills to
prepare for lay ministry.
Students commit to the program one year at a time. (EfM
doesn’t evaluate or recommend people for ordination as clergy
or offer preparation for ordination, which usually takes place
at a residential seminary.)
The purpose of EfM is to help participants find their own personal ministries. Students meet once a week for two and a half hours to connect as a group and discuss that week’s lessons.
Group members also learn to expand their thinking and stretch their faith through theological reflection. Meetings close with worship.