Education for Ministry (EfM)

Education for (Lay) Ministry Program

  • Cultivating Lay Leadership
  • Responding to the Call of Christian Service
  • Shaping Faith into Action

Why EfM?

Every baptized person is called to ministry. The challenge for lay people is acquiring the tools to interpret the richness of our faith within a complex and confusing world. EfM develops an informed and discerning laity, deepening our faith and teaching us how to express that faith in our everyday lives.

Whether your ministry is at home, at church, or in the world, or, if you are exploring new ways to serve, EfM could be for you.


What is EfM?

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique small-group, distance-learning certificate program from the University of the South’s School of Theology. Each program year consists of 36 meetings where group members encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together.  Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 80,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service.

The focus for each year is:

  • Year 1: The Hebrew Bible
  • Year 2: The New Testament
  • Year 3: Church History
  • Year 4: Theology, Ethics, and Interfaith Encounter

Participants completing all four years receive a certificate in theological education.


Interested in Joining a Group?

Groups currently active within the Diocese and accepting new members are listed below.  Contact the one nearest you directly:

Mechanicsburg, Mary Novello

State College, Rick Hoover

Gettysburg, Carolyn Fouts