Education for Ministry (EfM)
Education for (Lay) Ministry Program
- Cultivating Lay Leadership
- Responding to the Call of Christian Service
- Shaping Faith into Action
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.