Education for Ministry, 800-722-1974, www.sewanee.edu/EFM/index.htm.
EFM is a 4-year curriculum designed to train lay people to be effective ministers. It is taught by extension through local mentors by the School of Theology, the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. It combines academic study of the scriptures, Church history and theology, with reflection exercises that help participants see God at work in the present time, leading to ways they might respond. In all four years, participants are encouraged to define their ministries. Participants study at home, and reflect on the reading assignment in weekly seminars. Groups are capped at 12 members, led by a mentor.
EFM courses are offered across the U.S.A. and in many other countries. EFM Online now offers the program to people who cannot attend weekly face-to-face meetings.
Students enroll in EFM one year at a time. Each year of completed work earns 18 continuing education credits (CEUs). A certificate is awarded to those who complete the full four year program.
Curriculum parts (a textbook is provided for each year):
• Year One: Old Testament
• Year Two: New Testament
• Year Three: Church History
• Year Four: Theology
In addition, the Common Lessons textbook is used to guide reflections in all four years. Textbooks are not available for purchase except to students enrolled in the program. Seminar participation is an essential part of EFM.