Education For Ministry
Education for Ministry, affectionately known as EfM, is a program of theological education of the School of Theology of the University of the South. Students sign up one year at a time for this four-year program. It is for lay people. Students meet once a week over nine months in seminars under the guidance of a trained mentor. EfM covers the basics of a theological education in the Old and New Testaments, church history, liturgy, and theology.
The traditional content is not studied in a vacuum. While the course materials provide substantial academic content, the focus of the program is on life as ministry and understanding that ministry. EfM provides the basic skill which is the foundation of all Christian ministry -- theological reflection. The goal is to learn to think theologically. By examining our own beliefs and their relationship to our culture and the tradition of our Christian faith, we can learn what it means to be effective ministers in the world.
What Can You Expect From EfM?
You will find that EfM teaches you how to think theologically, deepens your faith and your understanding of our Christian heritage, and provides you with a new confidence to be Christ's minister
Who should join EfM?
If you feel called to do any of the things listed in the section “What Can You Expect from EfM”, check out the EfM web page and talk to a St. Peter’s EfM mentor. A new class begins each September.