Education For Ministry EFM

A four year course of theological reflection for lay ministry started by the Episcopal Church in the United States. It is used by many dioceses of the Anglican Church in Australia.

Education For Ministry Logo Seminar Group of between six and eleven people plus a trained mentor.

Styles of Learning
Weekly lesson assignments, Setting of own learning goals, Discussion in small group, Prayer, worship.

Number of sessions
36 group sessions over four years

Length of sessions
2.5 to 3 hours


Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EFM) program provides people with the education to carry out that ministry. During the Service of Confirmation we ask God to “Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at Baptism. Send them forth in the power of the Spirit to perform the service you set before them.” EFM offers an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service.

Through study, prayer, and reflection, EFM groups move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God’s kingdom. This process can be illustrated by a two-rail fence. One rail is the Christian tradition. The other is the collective experience of the group’s members. The rails are linked by fence posts which represent the seminar sessions where life and study meet. The fence is grounded in the soil of regular worship which is vital to the life of the group.

Participants study Church history, Biblical exegesis and interpretation, systematic theology, ethics, liturgics and ascetical theology. They reflect on the events of their own lives. The focus of the program is on life as ministry and understanding that ministry.

Theological Perspective
Broad, Anglican

Age Group

Where to purchase
Contact Anglican Diocese for details


Specific leadership requirements
Mentors attend a training session and are then accredited. They should have experience in serious religious study, a familiarity with methods of biblical scholarship, a mature faith, be able to live with the ambiguity within the interpretations of the biblical tradition, possess skills which help a group to develop its own life, and demonstrate a willingness to perform administrative duties.

Country of origin
United States

Available in languages other than English

Resources provided
Written manual, includes learning objectives, assignments, preparation for seminar and references to further reading.

Technology needed

Web site

Regional Advisors in Australia

Ms. Diocese of Adelaide – Rev. Caroline Pearce
Diocese of Bathurst -Ms. Joan Smith
Diocese of Bendigo -Ms. Diocese of Brisbane -Ms. Ruth Hamlyn-Harris
Diocese of Canberra/Gouldburn -Rev. Catherine Holt
Diocese of Grafton -Rev. Douglas Stevens
Diocese of Melbourne -Rev. Dr. Helen Granowski
Diocese of Newcastle -Rev. Sheila Bourne
Diocese of Perth – Rev. Ted Witham
Diocese of Rockhampton -Rev. John McKim
Diocese of Sydney -Ms. Cynthia Madsen
Diocese of Tasmania-The Rev. Doug Edmonds

Uniting Church Congregations using Education For Ministry


Year 1: Old Testament

Overview of the History of Israel
Introduction to the Critical Study of the Scriptures
The Book of Genesis
The Themes of Creation, Sin, Judgment and Redemption
Beginning the Study of Theology, Ethics and Liturgics
The Exodus-Sinai Event and the Establishment of the Tribal Confederacy in Canaan
The Covenant of God with His People
The Books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Joshua, Judges, and 1 Samuel
The Rise of the Monarchy
The Books of 2 Samuel, 2 Kings, Deuteronomy, Amos, Hosea, Micah,
Isaiah of Jerusalem, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel
Exilic and Post-Exilic Judaism
Judaism and the Beginning of Christianity
Second Isaiah
The Chronicler
The Psalter
The Wisdom Literature
The Maccabean Revolt
Judaism and the World of Jesus

Year 2: New Testament

Greek Culture
The Roman Empire
Judaism and the Second Temple
Biblical “Criticism” and the Gospels
The Gospel of Mark, Matthew and Luke
The Gospel of John
The Life of Jesus
The Mighty Acts of Jesus
The Cross of Jesus
The Exaltation of Jesus
The Acts of the Apostles
Pauline Christianity and the Epistles
The Letters of John
The Revelation of John
1 Peter and James
2 Peter and Jude

Year 3: Church History

The Early Church Fathers
The Apologists
Clement and Origen
The Great Cappadocians
Tertullian to Augustine
Nicea to Chalcedon
Early Liturgies
Spirituality: Monasticism, Mysticism, and Prayer
The Medieval Church
Aquinas and Bonaventure
Secularism, Religious Dissent
The Reformation: Luther and Calvin
The Catholic Reformation
The Radical Reformation
Anglicanism, Puritanism, Pietism
The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
The Industrial Revolution
John Wesley: The Methodist Church

Year 4: Theological Choices

Nineteenth-Century Anglicanism
American Church History
The Emergence of Modern Religious Thought
The Rise of Science
Kant, Schleiermacher, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Sartre, Camus, Whitehead
Tillich, Niebuhr, Moltmann, Cobb, Pittenger
The Rise of Biblical Criticism
Ritschl, Barth, Bultmann
De-Mythologizing and Neo-Orthodoxy
The Rise of Fundamentalism
The Liturgical Movement
The Crisis of Suffering
The Theology of Liberation
Christianity and Religious Pluralism

2 thoughts on “Education For Ministry EFM

  1. onesime matadi mayulu

    May God bless you so much for this programms
    I would like to be part of this ,to help christians to be united and preache the gospel of Jesus christ in the world.

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