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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.


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 12 disciples including Mother Nancy as mentor and meets weekly on Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 pm at St. Alban's.


Week Date (Thurs) Worship/Snacks UNIT
1 14-Sep Nancy Introductory Meeting
2 21-Sep Cindy UNIT ONE: Spiritual Autobiography and Listening
3 28-Sep Evaonne  
4 5-Oct Sara Spiritual Autobiographies (3)
5 12-Oct Paul G Spiritual Autobiographies (3)
6 19-Oct John Spiritual Autobiographies (3)
7 26-Oct Zack Spiritual Autobiographies (3)
8 2-Nov Nancy UNIT TWO: Theological Reflection as a Life Skill
9 9-Nov Garrett  
10 16-Nov Elena  
No Seminar 23-Nov Thanksgiving Day  
11 30-Nov Paul H  
12 7-Dec Mj  
13 14-Dec Nancy  
No Seminar 21-Dec Christmas Break  
No Seminar 28-Dec Christmas Break  
14 4-Jan Cindy FIRST INTERLUDE: Fighting with the Bible
15 11-Jan Evaonne FIRST INTERLUDE: Fighting with the Bible
16 18-Jan Sara UNIT THREE: Developing a Sustaining Spirituality
17 25-Jan Paul G  
18 1-Feb John  
19 8-Feb Zack  
20 15-Feb Nancy  
21 22-Feb Garrett  
22 1-Mar Elena UNIT FOUR: Integrating Belief/Behavior/Doctrine
23 8-Mar Paul H  
24 15-Mar Mj  
25 22-Mar Nancy  
No Seminar 29-Mar Holy Week Break  
26 5-Apr Cindy  
27 12-Apr Evaonne  
28 19-Apr Sara SECOND INTERLUDE: The Dream of God
29 26-Apr Paul G SECOND INTERLUDE: The Dream of God
30 3-May John UNIT FIVE: Vocation
31 10-May Zack (Ascension Day)
32 17-May Nancy  
33 24-May Garrett  
34 31-May Elena  
35 7-Jun Paul H  
36 14-Jun Mj Celebrate!
Advent Retreat Dec 9 9 am - 3 pm  
Lenten Retreat March 10 9 am - 3 pm