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Education for Ministry
What is EFM?
Lay persons face the difficult task of interpreting the richness of the church’s faith in a complex and confusing world. They need a theological education that supports their faith and also teaches them to express that faith in day-to-day events.
As the emphasis on lay ministry has grown, Education for Ministry has come to play an important role by providing a program that develops an informed and knowledgeable laity.
EFM is a four-year program. The seminar group is the nucleus of the Education for Ministry program. A group consists of six to 12 participants and a trained mentor who meet weekly over the course of a nine-month academic year. These meetings are usually from two and a half to three hours in length.
Participants are given weekly assignments to study with the help of resource guides. Year 1 participants study the Old Testament, year 2 participants study the New Testament, year 3 participants study church history and year 4 participants study theology.
Students spend between two and four hours in study and preparation each week. In the seminars, members have an opportunity to share their insights and discoveries as well as to discuss questions that the study materials raise for them.
More important is the development of skills in theological reflection. The goal is to learn to think theologically. By examining their own beliefs and their relationship to our culture and the tradition of our Christian faith, participants can learn what it means to be effective ministers in the world.
The seminar is supported by a life of prayer and regular worship. EFM groups are encouraged to develop a pattern of worship appropriate to their situations. Liturgical materials are furnished with the course materials.
The Episcopal Diocese of Kansas has 18 active EFM groups with 127 participants. These groups are in Atchison, Derby, Kansas City, Lawrence, Newton, Topeka, Wamego, Wichita and Winfield.
EFM Online provides people who cannot attend a weekly face-to-face group an opportunity to participate in this course of study.
Tuition for the program is $350 a year. Because the Diocese of Kansas is a sponsoring diocese, students here pay $110 less than those in a non-sponsoring diocese.
If you are interested in more information about an EFM program in your area, please contact one of the mentors listed below.
Contact diocesan EFM coordinator Mike Morrow (by e-mail or (316) 686-0956) if you are interested in starting an EFM program in your area, or if you would like to participate in an online EFM program.
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EFM groups in the Diocese of Kansas
Education for Ministry groups are taking place in parishes across the diocese. If interested in participating, contact one of the trained mentors listed here.
Mike Morrow, Diocesan coordinator and mentor; (316) 686-0956 or email
Dana Scheele; email
The Rev. Tom Wilson; email
Johnson County (suburban Kansas City)
Larry Bingham; email
Jan Carter; email
Linda Kisker; email
Russ Sifers; email
Leila Potts; email
Art Rathbun; email
Scott McCloud; email
Mary Anne McCloud; email
Art Rathbun; email
Arceile Ridgeway; email
Claudia McKinsey; email
Mike Morrow; email
Deacon Bob Hirst; email
Paul Rillema; email
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