Episcopal Diocese of Western New York

EfM (Education for Ministry) Seminar Group in the Southern Tier

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown will be hosting a new year of Education for Ministry in the fall, with the hopes of adding a new class of learners to the existing group that was formed in 2016. Participants do not need to be members of St. Luke’s (or even Episcopalians) to enroll in the EfM program.

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 80,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together.

Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides people with the education to carry out that ministry. During the Service of Confirmation we ask God to “Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at Baptism. Send them forth in the power of the Spirit to perform the service you set before them.” EfM offers an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service.

This year’s program will be Mentored by Cheri Krull with the assistance of the Rev. Luke Fodor of St. Luke’s Jamestown and the Rev. Tom Broad from Grace Episcopal in Randolph. Classes will be held at St. Luke’s  on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 8pm.

An informational meeting will be held at St. Luke’s in late July or early August (dates and times to be announced) for persons interested in joining the group for this program year.

Please contact Cheri Krull at 716-664-0780 or cm.krull@gmail.com if you are interested in attending the meeting or for more information about the program.