EfM

EfM logoSpring Mentor Training
May 7-9 at Cathedral Ridge

Two training classes are being offered at this event: “Foundations of Seminar Life” (formerly Basic/In-service) for new mentors, experienced mentors needing to meet their refresher requirement, and those who would like to become a mentor; and “Designing Seminars for Experiential Learning” for those experienced mentors who have met their foundation training requirement. Space is limited to the first twenty (20) registrants.

Cost for this event is $375 which will include training and materials, all meals, snacks, and 2 nights’ stay in Lupine Lodge at Cathedral Ridge. A non-refundable deposit of $175 is due by March 10. To begin the registration process, please contact Cheri Winter, EfM Diocesan Coordinator for the Episcopal Church in Colorado, at EfM@episcopalcolorado.org or 303.229.0786.

What is EfM?

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year theological study and group reflection process out of Sewanee School of Theology for the formation of Christians involved in a variety of different ministries.

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.

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.

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.