Education for Ministry (EFM)
EFM is a worldwide program developed by the School of Theology of the University of the South, an Episcopal Seminary in Sewanee, TN. This program is based on the belief that the foundation for bringing Christ to the world lies in a Church that is empowered by an active and theologically articulate laity.
Thousands of persons in the Episcopal Church and in other denominations have completed this four-year program. Our Parish has a long and proud history of participation in EFM over more than 30 years. We estimate the number of current parishioners at St. Michael’s with EFM experience is approaching 100.
The EFM program is a four-year course of study, with classes meeting for two hours, once a week, during the months of September through May. There is a tuition charge for the program but the parish has scholarship assistance available to reduce the cost.
In the first year of study, we cover the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament); in the second year we continue the biblical study and move to the Christian Testament (New Testament); the third year covers the History of the Christian Church; and year four focuses on Theology developed during the last 200 years of our Church history.
The current textbooks used in the EFM curriculum are:
To learn more about the EFM program at the website of the University of the South click here.