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Education for Ministry (EfM)
EfM Mentor: The Rev. Nancy Streufert

As baptized Christians, we are all called to ministry. Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four year distance seminar certificate program from The University of the South's School of Theology (Sewanee, TN) especially designed to help lay ministers discern their ministries. The program is four years (commitment is year to year) and results in graduation and Holy Eucharist at Trinity Cathedral with the Bishop in June of the fourth year with others around the diocese and a lovely certificate. The small group formation and the journey through the program, however, is what is important, not the piece of paper at the end. EfM is a life-changing experience, with amazing potential to transform Christian disciples in a diverse and trusting community.

Website: http://efm.sewanee.edu/

There are 36 sessions over the school year and the enrollment fee is currently $375 per year, which includes all materials. Commitment is one group meeting a week for 2.5 hours and time to read the assignments (a couple hours or so), which cover the Old and New Testaments in the first and second years respectively, Church History the third year, and Theology, Ethics, and Interfaith Encounter in the fourth year. Participants rotate providing opening/closing worship. Ending in Compline from the Book of Common Prayer is always a great way to close. No tests or papers to write! Two Saturday retreats with Eucharist for worship and silent reflection are held during the busy seasons of Advent and Lent.

The current group, Semper Virens EfM, is composed of 9 disciples including Mother Nancy as mentor and meets weekly on Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 pm at St. Alban's.

SCHEDULE

Week Date (Thurs) Worship UNIT
  2019    
1 19-Sep Nancy Introduction
2 26-Sep Cindy UNIT ONE: Spiritual Autobiography and Listening
3 3-Oct Frederick Spiritual Autobios: Nancy, Cindy, Rick
4 10-Oct Elena Spiritual Autobios: Sara, Elena, Evaonne
5 17-Oct Sara Spiritual Autobios: Mj, Dave, Frederick
6 24-Oct Dave  
7 31-Oct Rick  
No Seminar 7-Nov Diocesan Convention  
8 14-Nov Evaonne UNIT TWO: Theological Reflection as a Life Skill
9 21-Nov Nancy  
No Seminar 28-Nov Thanksgiving Day  
10-11 5-Dec Frederick Symphony Rehearsal (Cindy/Nancy)
12 12-Dec Cindy  
13 19-Dec Nancy  
No Seminar 26-Dec Christmas Break  
No Seminar 2-Jan Christmas Break  
  2020    
14 9-Jan Elena FIRST INTERLUDE: Practice of Christian Spirituality
15 16-Jan Sara FIRST INTERLUDE: Practice of Christian Spirituality
16 23-Jan Dave UNIT THREE: Developing a Sustaining Spirituality
17-18 30-Jan Rick  
19 6-Feb Evaonne  
20 13-Feb Mj  
21 20-Feb Nancy  
22 27-Feb Cindy UNIT FOUR: Integrating Belief/Behavior/Doctrine
23 5-Mar Frederick  
24 12-Mar Elena  
25 19-Mar Sara  
26 26-Mar Dave  
27 2-Apr Rick  
No Seminar 9-Apr Holy Week  
28 16-Apr Evaonne 2ND INTERLUDE: Christ-centered Community
29 23-Apr Mj 2ND INTERLUDE: Christ-centered Community
30 30-Apr Nancy UNIT FIVE: Vocation
31 7-May Cindy  
32 14-May Frederick  
33 21-May Elena (Ascension Day)
34 28-May Sara Symphony Rehearsal (Cindy/Nancy)
35 4-Jun Dave  
36 11-Jun All Celebrate!
       
Midyear Gathering Feb xx Time TBD Rick's Ranch
Celebration June xx Time TBD Cindy's Home