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Education for Ministry Fall Mentor Training

September 27-29, 2019, at Cathedral Ridge

Fall 2018 EfM Mentor Training will take place Thursday, September 27, through Saturday, September 29, at beautiful Cathedral Ridge. The training is for individuals:

  • Seeking accreditation or re-accreditation for the purpose of mentoring an Education for Ministry group
  • Exploring the possibility of becoming an EfM mentor

Training begins at 3:00 pm on Thursday and runs through 3:00 pm on Saturday. Participants must be present for the entire training event in order to be considered for accreditation/re-accreditation.

Foundations of Seminar Life will equip people to understand the role and responsibility of an EfM mentor. Those who successfully complete the training will be accredited as mentors by the Beecken Center at the University of the South. The training is experiential and its aim is to equip the participant for recruiting and mentoring an EfM group, as well as further the participant’s understanding of group theological reflection.

Cost of the training is $350 and includes training and materials, housing in Lupine Lodge at Cathedral Ridge Thursday and Friday nights, and meals during the training. Registration deadline: Friday, August 31, 2018.   

Contact Cheri Winter, EfM Diocesan Coordinator, for further registration information at EfM@episcopalcolorado.org.

EfM Fall Registration is Happening Now!

Interested in a safe, supportive community to explore your faith, ask questions about the Bible and its message for today, or discuss the many ways in which Christians can make a loving impact on the world around us? Education for Ministry (EfM) may be the place for you.

EfM is a four-year program of study entered into one year at a time. The program is designed to develop participants into theologically informed, reflective, and articulate people of God able to listen for and respond to God’s call.

For a more in-depth look at the program visit http://efm.sewanee.edu/about-efm/about-efm or contact one of the mentors listed below for registration information.

EfM Groups currently registering:

Cathedral Church of St. John in the Wilderness, Denver

Mentors:
Stu Jones, jonesjcsh@msn.com
Tammy Larimore, tlarimore@comcast.net
Group meets Mondays, 6:00-8:30 pm, September through May

St. Paul’s, Lakewood

Mentors:
Michelle Cole, michelle.a.cole@icloud.com
Melinda Wirsing, Melinda.wirsing@gmail.com
Group meets Wednesdays, 6:45-9:15 pm, September through May

St. Matthew’s, Grand Junction

Mentor:
Rich Paul, richpaul84@gmail.com
Meeting day and time to be determined, September through May

Church of the Holy Redeemer, Denver (fall) / St. Andrew’s, Denver (spring)

Mentors:
Selena Billington, selena.billington@fitchfamily.org
Pennie Goodman, pjchubb@aol.com
Group meets Tuesdays, 6:00-9 pm, September through May

St. John’s, Boulder

Mentors:
David Plume, David.plume@tetratech.com
Anne Skamarock, anne@skamarock.net
Group meets Tuesdays, 7:00-9 pm, September through May

Are you interested in EfM, but don’t see a group listed in your area? Contact Cheri Winter, EfM Diocesan Coordinator, for more information at EfM@EpiscopalColorado.org.

More about EfM

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year program developed by the School of Theology at the University of the South to provide lay persons with tools and resources that will encourage them to more fully engage their baptismal journey in daily life. Participants enroll one year at a time, each year building on the last. The heart of the program, theological reflection, is supported by an exploration of the disciplines of biblical exegesis and interpretation, systematic theology, church history, ethics, liturgics, and ascetical theology.

Through study, prayer, reflection, and small-group conversation, participants are offered an opportunity to examine their own beliefs in light of the Christian tradition and everyday experience — developing knowledge, aptitude, and identity as followers of Jesus. The first two years of the curriculum focus on Scripture (year one on the Hebrew Scriptures and year two on the New Testament), year three examines Church history, and year four focuses on theology and ethics.

Topics covered include:

  • Spirituality, prayer, and worship
  • The authority of the Bible for the church today
  • The lessons and perspectives of history
  • Theological reflection as a life skill
  • Integrating behavior and belief for faithful living
  • Discovering vocation, passion, and one’s place in the church

If you are interested in learning more about this amazing opportunity, contact Cheri Winter at efm@episcopalcolorado.org or go to www.efm.sewanee.edu.