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EfM offers 4 distinct years of Christian studies. You only need to commit to a year at a time.

The first year is a comprehensive study of the Jewish Scriptures (Old Testament). If you've tried to read the Old Testament and been confused by the repetition, overwhelmed by the beggats, and the complex rules, if you've realized that you don't really understand meaning and cultural context of documents written 6,000 years ago, then EfM is for you. Understanding the Jewish Scriptures will greatly enrich your understanding of Jesus and of our Jewish heritage. 

EfM's second year focuses on the New Testament. Instead of just hearing Jesus say important and profound things, we get to know him—Mark's Christ who shatters the forces of evil; Matthew's Teacher of a deeper relationship with God; Luke's vision of the One who lives for others; and John's God-Incarnate. We study Paul’s writings to understand   his struggle to proclaim the Jewish Messiah in terms that the Greco-Roman world can grasp as we struggle to understand and proclaim Christ in the modern world. 

In our third year, we learn how the Church throughout over the ages has endeavored to understand and serve God in its own day. As we move from a small persecuted Church to being the official and only Church of the Empire, how do we welcome and teach floods of new members our faith. Then in the Dark Ages, how do we convert barbarians into trusting the One who told us to turn the other cheek? Then in the Middle Ages, we struggle with the balance between religion and culture—who's supreme Emperor or Pope? 

And, in the fourth year, you'll focus on modern theology exploring how different thinkers, denominations, and other great religions seek to know, understand, and serve God in the the present age. In today’s world, we take a look at how we relate to and understand other religions in our midst.

EfM is not a class with lectures but a seminar, a one-room school house, in which we discuss, question, and learn from one another and from each other's readings, guided by a mentor/facilitator. We're trained to take what we've learned and studied, and our experiences, and reflect on them in a theological way to bring together our understanding of scripture and our life experiences. May folks come to EfM for in-depth Bible study, but find that growing together in faith and friendship is the most valuable part of their EfM journey.

We hope you'll join us in the grand adventure.

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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