Education for Ministry, fondly known as EfM, has been likened to a journey. Members share stories and learn from one another as we deepen our understanding of the riches of the Christian tradition. The group draws on scripture and the wisdom of those who have gone before us to support one another in our personal journeys with God. Although this program was developed by the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee) nearly 50 years ago, it is not an academic course. Instead, every EfM session is a mixture of prayer, study, reflection, and lots of fellowship. After a short worship session or meditation, there is time for each member to process within the group what he or she has discovered in that week’s reading assignment from scripture, theology, or church history, and then to engage in “theological reflection.” No background in religious studies is necessary, and the program is open to adults of any denomination. Although EfM is a 4-year program, each participant enrolls for just one year at a time.

The EfM group here at St. Paul’s invites anyone who might be interested to join us in the library after either service on Sun., Nov.. 13 for an information session about our upcoming 2023 program year that starts in early January. In the meantime if you have questions, please reach out to Spencer Weig ( or Anne O’Dell ( You can also get more details at the EfM website: and then click on the “In This Section” icon. We look forward to answering your questions about EfM.