Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program of the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee) provides people with the education to carry out that ministry. Through study, prayer and reflection, EfM groups discover how to respond to the call to Christian service.

EfM is a four-year, facilitator-led, seminar style introduction to essential biblical and theological issues. A group of seven to 14 participants explore ideas and concepts that promote open-ended reflection. Neither a traditional Bible study nor a series of lectures, EfM offers participants the opportunity to define and articulate personal beliefs on a variety of theological topics.

There are no tests or papers, but requires considerable college-level reading each week. Participants can receive 18 Continuing Education Units (CEU) for each year completed.

Participants in groups under diocesan sponsorship (parochial or diocesan) pay a discounted fee of $375 per year. The required texts are provided, although students will need a Bible.

Scholarship funds are also available from the EfM Alumni/ae Association scholarship fund allotted to diocesan coordinators each year.

To learn more about EfM in the Diocese of Chicago, please talk with EfM coordinator Cherryl Holt via email.