Education For Ministry
Education for Ministry (EFM) is an opportunity to expose oneself to the great treasure trove of riches bequeathed by generations of believers that makes up the Christian tradition and to understand which pieces speak most directly to the purposes of one’s own life.
The four year curriculum, to which members commit one year at a time, covers a close reading of Old and New Testaments, a history of world-wide Christianity, and a consideration of contemporary ethics, interfaith dialogue, and theology. Integrated into the academic coverage of tradition, there are exercises in theological reflection, spiritual autobiography, prayer life, systematic theology, and ministry.
EFM at the Cathedral:
The community is a small group (12 participants maximum and 2 trained mentors) who meet every other Saturday morning from mid September though early June, 9:30 to 1:15 pm in the Cathedral Centre. This past year we had people from every decade of life between 20 and 60.
There are lively discussions of each year of study within the group as a whole, as well as theological reflection, worship, and contemporary ethics.
Curriculum and Sponsorship:
- Texts selected or developed by the Faculty of Divinity of the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and EFM Canada.
- EFM is fully supported by Dean Andrew Asbil and the clergy of St. James Cathedral.
- EFM program sponsored by the Anglican Diocese of Toronto and supported by all local area bishops
- Recognized as training for all Christians as well as for lay leaders and those seeking ordination to the diaconate
Fees and Registration:
- Annual fees: $350 plus texts books, about another $50.
- Bursaries: $100 bursaries can be applied for, in cases of financial need
- Registration: contact Carol Kysela (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss whether EFM is
right for you.
For more information see the EFM Canada website.