Education for Ministry (EfM)

Education for Ministry is one of the best-kept secrets in the Episcopal Church! It is a program for lay people who want to live more fully into their Baptismal Covenant in daily life.

Education for Ministry is

  • A deep dive into the Christian Tradition
  • A dynamic adult learning environment where participants shape their own goals and do discernment of ministry in community
  • A small group community experience like no other

Education for Ministry is NOT

  • Preparation for ordained ministry
  • A traditional Bible study

Education for Ministry is a four-year course of study and reflection that connects the Christian Tradition to everyday life. Participants commit one year at a time and become part of a group process that can be transformational. 

Sponsored by the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee Tennessee and the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, the fee for a year of EfM is $375, with the possibility (based on the number in the group) for a reduced fee of $175 for participants with financial needs. The fee includes all books needed for the year (except for a Bible) and a small honorarium for the mentors.

During the Covid 19 pandemic, EfM face to face groups are typically meeting on Zoom. 

EfM Online provides a way for persons to take advantage of the EfM program even when they don’t have an EfM group nearby. Please contact one of the ECMN Co-coordinators for more information!

Mentor training for EfM is being offered via Zoom. Please contact one of the ECMN EfM Co-coordinators below for more information. 


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