Education for Ministry (EfM) is coming to St. Philip’s this fall. EfM is a comprehensive course of Bible study and church history. From humble beginnings 50 years ago, this course of study has spread around the world. Over 100,000 Christians, mostly Episcopalians, and even a few non-Christians have joined in small groups preparing for diverse productive Christian missions in their communities. Along with high-level adult learning, EfM is known for its signature method of theological reflection which will support authentic Christian mission and ministry in the world. It has been presented in parishes in the Jacksonville area for about 25 years. It is a longstanding program created by The School of Theology at the University of the South. This four (4) year program enables people to gain proficiency in Biblical Studies, Church History, and Theology all at a level they can fully understand. It uses a small group method combined with outside reading between sessions.
The reason I am writing this is to encourage you to consider becoming a part of this program. While it does charge a fee each year for the materials, I have found it to be invaluable in helping laypeople begin to be able to articulate the faith that is within them rather than simply echoing what the clergy or others believe. I was a mentor of this program for 5 years and cannot recommend it highly enough. I watched members of my groups not only grow in their knowledge of the Bible and Church history but also have discerned a new direction for their life and ministry as a layperson. I can guarantee that it is well worth the expense and the commitment of time for anyone who is serious about her or his faith. If money is a real problem, scholarship money is available once a group reaches a certain size.
Mother Jo Ann
If you have additional questions please contact Linda Martin (904) 733-1470.
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