Each Sunday, near the conclusion of our service, we repeat a prayer that includes a challenge to our daily life as Christians - “and now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do…”. Sometimes, the nature of that work is not entirely clear to us. Or maybe we thought we knew our purpose, but are beginning to feel uncertain. EfM offers lay people a path to discover new ways to respond to God’s call to Christian service. Are you interested in exploring your personal ministry in greater depth? With the support of an open and caring group of co-explorers? Consider Education for Ministry (EfM)at CEC.
Four one-year segments study Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, and contemporary theology. EfM is far more than a study of scripture or theology. It is an opportunity to discover, or rediscover one's self and how you can put faith into action. During weekly class meetings, our small groups share and listen to each other and are challenged to consider all kinds of topics from multiple perspectives: theological, personal, and cultural. A significant commitment is made by each participant to study and attend our class meetings. The reward for that commitment is the creation of deep and lasting relationships supporting us on our individual journeys to carry out God’s purpose. Christ Episcopal Church supports two EfM groups which meet on Monday mornings or Monday evenings from late August until May. Join a group of new students in Year One or, if you have already completed a year or more of EfM, consider coming back to finish up.
Tuition, which covers books and support from the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, is $375, with possible tuition reduction on an individual basis. To learn more about the program, contact Bill Leonard or Ed Tivol for the morning class; Karen Crabtree or Kathy Leonard for the evening class.