Registration for Fall Classes is Underway!
Are you interested in learning more about how the Bible relates to your life today? Curious about how the Christian Church has grown and changed through the centuries? Would you like to engage in theologically based conversations that will encourage you on your baptismal journey? If so, Education for Ministry may be for you!
If you would like to find out about an EfM group in your area, contact your local parish office or Cheri Winter, EfM Diocesan Coordinator, at EfM@EpiscopalColorado.org.
What is 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
Currently, the Episcopal Church in Colorado is host to nine active EfM groups with more being added this fall. As we work to expand the program across the diocese, online groups are being added to the traditional face-to-face program. These online groups are a vital part of the Education for Ministry program in our diocese and will serve the smaller churches scattered throughout our large geographic region, offering the same opportunities through the virtual classroom as those groups meeting face-to-face.
The goal is to have hybrid groups in each region. These groups would meet weekly in the virtual classroom with the addition of one or two face-to-face gatherings during the year to bring the regional participants together. These regional groups will be starting in January and registration will be open soon.