St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church


With the recent renewal of focus on lay theological education, Education for Ministry (EfM) is more than ever a significant part of The School of Theology’s mission to educate and cultivate lay leadership for the Church. EfM is a unique certificate program of experiential theological education for laity under the direction of The School of Theology at Sewanee: University of the South. Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 30,000 students in discovering how to respond to the call of Christian service. EfM helps students 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.

An EfM group of six to 12 students with a trained mentor meet weekly for two and a half to three hours over the course of a nine-month academic year. Some groups meet in traditional face-to-face small groups in a local parish, others meet entirely online and may include participants in many different places. The program takes four years to complete and is broken up into these courses of study:

• Year One: The Hebrew Bible
• Year Two: The New Testament
• Year Three: Church History
• Year Four: Theology, Ethics, Interfaith Encounter


For more information visit:

Larry Grishaber 
954-753-1400 •
Patricia Wald 
954-753-1400 •