Education for Ministry (EfM)

  • Education for Ministry (also known as EfM) is not a program of preparation for ordination but rather a way for all people to prepare for the kind of ministry and daily life Jesus calls each of us to pursue.

    EfM is a four-year program of study and small group participation designed to deepen our understanding of the Church’s rich heritage and to empower our life of discipleship. It is more than a Bible study, although years 1 and 2 do focus on the Bible as a theological resource. Year 3 concentrates on the history of Christianity and year 4 on the history of Christian theology.  Read more about EfM’s curriculum here.

  • While a four-year commitment may sound daunting, most participants find that EfM becomes a vital and treasured part of their week, and there is flexibility in completing the program. All four years may be completed concurrently, or there may be some gaps between the years of participation. EfM is a nation-wide program administered by the School of Theology at Sewanee, so it is also possible to transfer your enrollment if life moves you into or away from a group at the cathedral.

  • There are two Education for Ministry groups at Saint John’s, each open to 8 – 12 people. Both groups meet September to May, one on Monday evenings and one on Wednesday evenings. Both welcome new members every fall.

    If you are interested in learning more about joining an EfM group, please contact Tina Clark, Director of Christian Formation, at tina@sjcathedral.org.