Education for Ministry
What is EfM?
EVERY BAPTIZED PERSON is called to ministry.The Education for Ministry program provides people with the education to carry out that ministry. The EfM program does not evaluate or recommend individuals for ordination. Many people think that one must be ordained in order to be “a minister.” The fact is that all baptized Christians are called to be active participants in the church’s total ministry. The EfM program is preparation for the ministry to which we all are called.
The seminar group is the nucleus of the EfM program. A "face-to-face"group consists of six to 12 participants and a trained mentor; while an online group consists of approximately eight participants and and a specifically trained mentor, who meet weekly over the course of 36 weeks. Through study, prayer, and reflection, EfM groups move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God’s kingdom. Participants are given weekly assignments to study with the help of resource guides. In the seminars members have an opportunity to share their insights and discoveries as well as to discuss questions which the study materials raise for them. Through discussion and guided reflection, the seminars furnish an opportunity to deepen understanding of the reading materials.
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. In coming to terms with the notion that everything we do has potential for manifesting the love of Christ, we discover that our ministry is at hand wherever we turn.
Seminar groups work under the leadership of mentors who serve as guides and administrators. They are not teachers in the traditional sense who are expected to impart information about the Christian tradition. A mentor must work as an enabler rather than as an informer of people. Mentors may be lay or ordained persons. If you are interested in taking part in EfM, either as a student or as a mentor, please contact me by phone or email (contact information below)
Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry program provides people with the education to carry out that ministry. Many people think that one must be ordained in order to be “a minister.” The fact is that all baptized Christians are called to be active participants in the church’s total ministry. The EfM program is preparation for the ministry to which we all are called.
Face-to-Face EfM Groups
Face to Face EfM Groups are held in various parishes around the diocese. If you are interested in joining one, please contact the administrative mentor of the group closest to you:
HRM: Rev. David Fletcher firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish of Christchurch, Amherst: Rev. Will Ferrey email@example.com
Anglican Churches of Pictou County: Deborah Beck firstname.lastname@example.org
A new Online Continuing Education Group is being offered this year for people who have graduated from EfM and wish to continue their learning. This group meets once a month, starting in September, via Zoom. The facilitators are trained, experienced mentors. Tuition is $75.00.
The Online ConEd Group was piloted David Harrison and Archdeacon Chris Ross over the past year with 12 participants from across the country. There are now three groups available:
1. Last Wednesday of each month: 7:00 to 9:00 pm Atlantic led by David Harrison of theDiocese of NS & PEI andArchdeacon Chris Ross of the Diocese of Kootenay.
2. 2nd Tuesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00pm EDT starting in October led by Libi Clifford of the Diocese of Huron
3. 4th Tuesday of each month, from 5:00 to 7:00pm beginning on September 20 led by Nancy Greene-Gregoire of the Diocese of Montreal.
Tuition for either type of EfM Group is $350.00 per year.
For more information, contact David Harrison, EfM Diocesan Coordinator and EfM Canada Online Coordinator at email@example.com (902-923-2902) or go to the EfM Canada web site.