As the emphasis on lay ministry has grown, Education for Ministry (EfM) has come to play an important role by providing a program that develops an informed and knowledgeable laity.
The EfM program does not evaluate or recommend individuals for ordination. Many people think that one must be ordained in order to be a “minister.” The fact is that all baptized Christians are called to be active participants in the church’s total ministry. EfM provides people with the education to carry out that ministry. During the Service of Confirmation we ask God to “Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at Baptism. Send them forth in the power of the Spirit to perform the service you set before them.” EfM offers an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service.
Education for Ministry is a unique, inexpensive four-year program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together.
Year One – The Hebrew Bible
Year Two – The New Testament
Year Three – Church History
Year Four – Theology, Ethics, and Interfaith Encounter
Email EfM mentor Emily LeBlanc for more information.