Education For Ministry (EFM)
Looking for something different in the way of Christian education? Want to dig deeper into the Christian faith, studying the New and Old Testaments, church history, theological ideas, and reflect on connecting faith with life experiences? Education for Ministry (EfM) may be calling you. EfM is one of the best programs in the Episcopal Church for adult lay members to learn to think theologically about the surrounding world.
EFM is an in-depth, 9-month program from the University of the South. It is a four-year course of study consisting of weekly seminars over the 9-month academic year. Each seminar group is made up of 6 to 12 people and group mentors who facilitate and participate fully in all discussions. Commitment is on a yearly basis.
Year 1: Old Testament
Year 2: New Testament
Year 3: Church History
Year 4: Theology
All groups will start in early September and end late May. Members receive reading assignments that are included in the fee and provided by University of the South. In the seminars members have an opportunity to share their insights and discoveries as well as discuss questions that the study materials raise. (View more detailed information. )
Dates, Times, & Leaders
Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with Courtney Brown
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. with Beth Hudson
Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. with Peter Hahn
Wednesday Night Bible Study
6:30 – 8 p.m., Vestry Conference Room
This group dives deep into topics and books of the bible. Everyone is welcome to join, no matter your experience with scripture. All points of view and levels of expertise are welcome. Contact Rebecca Hall for more information.
Men’s Bible Study
A small group for men to gather, read scripture and apply it to their lives. People with any level of exposure to scripture are welcome. Contact Mark Wells for more information.
Spiritual Formation for Discipleship Group
What does it mean to follow Jesus in 2018, in your life, in your context? What does it mean to act like Jesus at work? While parenting? In the grocery store? On Mopac? Theological reflection is the process of examining our lives and our decisions through a biblical and theological lens. Over time we learn to think, act and be more like Jesus – we learn to be disciples. This group meets weekly on an ongoing basis. Participants are encouraged to attend as much as possible, understanding that no one can make it every week.
Leader: Rebecca Hall
Dates: Thursdays, noon – 1:00
Book: The Bible (any translation)
Location: Seminary of the Southwest Library, Black Room
Email Rebecca Hall if you would like to participate.
Thursday Prayer Group
Started in the late 1940s, this prayer group meets in the Bride’s Room each Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. to pray for the church, its members and the world.
Intercessory Prayer Group
The group meets every Thursday, 12 to 1 p.m. This time is for reflection and intercession, where we pray for everyone who has submitted prayer request cards on Sunday. Intercessory Prayer is an extraordinary ministry because it draws us close to our Lord and it changes us from within.
Daughters of the King
Daughters of the King is an order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the Historic Episcopate. Each daughter takes a lifetime vow to live by the Rule of the Order, which requires a spiritual discipline of daily prayer, service and evangelism. For more information, please contact Frana Keith.