Originating from the School of Theology at Sewannee, a prominent Episcopal seminary, Education for Ministry, or EfM, seeks to inspire and embolden participant’s faith through study, communal worship, and intentional theological conversations.
The group, which consists of somewhere between 6-12 people, meets for 2 hrs on Wednesday Nights from September to May. Often times people ask if they need any kind of theological or biblical knowledge before joining, and the answer to this is No; your curiosity and willingness to grow is enough! EfM is adaptable and able to nurture the growth of the lifelong Christian and also the new believer. Our time together usually includes a devotional/prayer, a reflection upon our weekly readings, some snacking, and what EfM calls “theological reflections,” which is simply a guided conversation on a timely issue, and closing worship. One of the things I most enjoy about EfM is its great emphasis upon “living your faith.” Sometimes we have conversations that we think were really important and engaging, and yet wonder how it changes anything about our lives. With this in mind, EfM’s driving question is less “what do you think?” and more “how does what you think take shape in your daily life?”.
Contact Karen Schneider, EFM Mentor, at [email protected], with any questions or to learn more.