Education for Ministry

classroomefmarticle 072012All members of the Christian faith are called to serve as ministers in the world. Education for Ministry (EfM) is a tool that educates laity, teaching them to think theologically about the world around them. 

EfM is a distance-learning program from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., which is usually held within congregations. It is a four-year course consisting of weekly seminars, although many students take fewer than the full four years. The seminars meet nine months of the year. Each seminar group is made up of 6 to 12 people and a group mentor who facilitates and participates fully in all discussions.

The four years of study include the Old Testament, New Testament, History of Christianity, and Modern Theology. Students are given study materials and resource guides that allow them to continue their education outside of class. They are also asked to commit to a form of regular prayer or refection.

The main focus of the group is on theological reflection, which is a specific process that teaches students to think theologically about all of God’s creation and apply that thinking to daily life.

After completion of the four-year program, students are given a Certificate of Completion; for every year of class students receive 18 Continuing Education credits.

To join an EfM group or become a mentor in the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, contact EfM Coordinator, the Rev. Vincent E. Black: vblack@dohio.org or 216-774-0453. For more information on the program, click here.


EfM Mentor Training

August 3-5, 2017

Loyala Retreat House, Clinton, Ohio

Register HERE


EfM Groups in the Diocese of Ohio – 2016-2017

Bay Village, St. Barnabas Church (6246)
Cleveland, OH, Trinity Cathedral (5525)
Cleveland Heights, OH, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (5645)
Cleveland Heights, OH, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (1150)
Hudson, Christ Church (6179)
Lakewood, Church of the Ascension (6380)
Medina, St. Paul’s Church (6304)
  • Meets Tuesday evenings at 5:00 pm.
  • Mentor: The Rev. Dr. Charles E. Funston: ericfunston@mac.com
Painesville, St. James Episcopal Church (5864)
Sandusky, OH, Grace Episcopal Church (6115)
Youngstown, St. John’s Church(6430)

EfM Alumni/ae Association



efm alumni circle logoThe new EfM Alumni/ae Association was kicked off at the General Convention in Indianapolis. Membership dues are $25 per year (July 1-June 30). Enrollment is now open to anyone who has been a part of EfM (not only graduates).

You may join at http://www.sewanee.edu/EFM/EfMAlum.htm and either submit the form and pay online with a credit card OR pay by check using the downloadable pdf version of the form.

EfM Alumni/ae Association dues will be deposited in the EfM Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships in all contracting dioceses and independently contracting parishes in the United States. A portion of the fund will be reserved each year to support EfM groups in prisons.

In addition to helping fund scholarships so more students can enroll, there are some benefits to becoming a member of the EfM Alumni/ae Association:

  • EfM AlumNews by email twice a year
  • Subscribers' access to Oxford Biblical Studies Online
  • Special invitations to local, regional, and Sewanee-area events
  • Opportunities for continuing education, such as videos and webinars featuring Sewanee faculty
  • Discounted subscription rate for The Sewanee Theological Review

We will also send you a very attractive lapel pin that we hope you'll wear to church (and anywhere else you please) to identify yourself as a member of the EfM Alumni/ae Association. As the Association grows we will help EfM Alums connect and network with others in their area.