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Education for Ministry

efm_logo_transparentThis fall, St. Paul’s will introduce a wonderful new opportunity for adult spiritual formation called Education for Ministry (EfM).

Every baptized person is called to ministry. The EfM program provides people with an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service and carry out their ministries. Many people think that one must be ordained in order to be “a minister.” In fact, all baptized Christians are called to be active participants in the church’s ministry. This fundamental ministry is nothing less than the exercise of the church’s vocation to continue the ministry of Jesus who reconciled the world to God. We are called to incarnate that reconciliation in our own time and in our own place through worship, service to others, and by proclamation of God’s Word to all people.

EfM provides a four-year curriculum that develops a theologically informed, reflective, and articulate laity who are prepared to listen for and respond to God’s call. EfM helps lay persons discover and exercise their varied gifts for ministry in the places where they live and work. EfM invites participants into small, mentored groups of six to twelve, plus a trained mentor, who meet weekly over the course of a nine-month academic year. Each meeting is 2.5 to 3 hours in length. Through study, prayer, and reflection, EfM groups move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God’s kingdom.

You can find more information at http://efm.sewanee.edu/ If you are interested, please talk to Rev. Jenny or Rev. Jonathan. We will decide on a meeting time based on the schedules of those who are interested.

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