Ministry Spotlight: EfM
We are fortunate at the Cathedral to offer an outstanding educational program for adults wishing to further understand their faith and to be better equipped for ministry—Education for Ministry (EfM). We offer two classes which are led by Joe and Laura O’Shields and Jay Wright. EfM is a unique four-year learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. During the four years of study, participants read and reflect on the Bible, learn about the history of Christianity and delve into theology, ethics and ways of living in our diverse world, all for the purpose of growing into their existing or new ministries.
This spring Dianne Larson, Jan Miller and Leland Pettis graduated from the program. In talking with each of them, I learned that you should be prepared to spend on average 4 to 6 hours a week on the readings and preparation for the weekly course meeting. They all agreed this was time well spent. Leland remarked that what he learned was eye-opening and enriched the understanding of his faith. Jan echoed that thought by saying that EfM helped her to define what she believes as it will for every participant (and not always in the same way). Dianne wouldn’t hesitate to take the course again, explaining that while she learned so much, with that knowledge came new questions, and every exploration for meaning only served to deepen her understanding.
Are you ready to explore the Bible, better understand your faith and grapple with some theology? EfM groups are forming for the 2018-2019 academic year and will start meeting in September. For more information, please contact Laura O’Shields (399-5916, [email protected]).
~Nancy Purcell, Marketing and Communications Director
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