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WHAT is Education for Ministry?

EfM is a four-year theological education program. Participants commit to one year at a time, and meet weekly in seminars led by a trained mentor. Over the four years, participants study the Bible, church history, and theology, while learning to engage in theological reflection. This provides a solid education in the foundations of our Christian faith.

WHO are the participants in EfM?

EfM is for lay persons. The presumption is that one is not participating with the expectation of seeking ordination. We all receive the call to Christ's ministry when we are baptized, and EfM provides the foundations of a theological education in order to develop knowledge and confidence about the ministry we all share.

WHY participate in EfM?

Many people are hungry for theological education, but cannot accomplish that on their own. EfM provides a structured group that helps us understand our lives and our actions as we deepen our Christian faith. Through study, worship, prayer, discussion, and theological reflection, EfM allows us to discover and exercise our ministries where we live and work - it helps and supports us Monday through Saturday.

The ministry of a lay person is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly by bearing witness to Christ wherever we may be, and to fulfill the Great Commission - to bring Christ to the world. EfM helps us to think theologically . . . it deepens our understanding and faith . . . it provides us with a confidence to be Christ's minister.

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HOW does EfM work?

Each seminar group consists of six to twelve students and a trained mentor. We meet weekly for nine months to discuss the Bible and other materials we've read, to worship together, and to reflect theologically on our lives. There are no tests . . . there are no papers to write. There is the opportunity to become a changed person.

WHERE do we meet?

Seminars are held in a number of locations throughout the Diocese of Newark. Based on the members of each group, the seminars may be held during the day or evening.

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Education for Ministry

A Program of
The School of Theology Programs Center
The University of the South
Sewanee, Tennessee

For more information about joining a Seminar, contact: 

EfM Coordinator
for the
Diocese of Newark


The Rev. Mark Waldon
973-595-1128

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