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Education for Ministry

EfM, a distance learning program of the School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee, TN is designed for lay persons to study the Bible, Church History and Theology in small groups. Participants discover and exercise their gifts for ministry wherever they live and work.  They are expected to attend class, to read the material assigned, and to participate in group discussion. There are no papers or exams.

Classes are held from September to late May/June. There are two groups at Holy Comforter: Friday 9 a.m.–Noon and Sunday 4–7 p.m. Classes meet every other week. Although EfM is a four year program, you commit to one year at a time. Since Holy Comforter is an institutional sponsor, the cost to you is $375 per year.

There are openings still available for the Friday Class! Questions?

Friday class: Margaret Bain (703-938-9838)
                       Lillian O’Connell (703-281-7808)

Sunday class: Norma Williamson (703-938-1407)
                         Julie Nutter (703-389-3450)

Curriculum: The theme for 2017-18 is “Living Faithfully in Your World.”

Year 1: Hebrew Bible Year 2: New Testament Year 3: Church History      
Hebrew Bible New Testament Christian History      
Year 4: Theology, Ethics, and Interfaith Encounter
Theology: A Very Brief Introduction by David Ford
Mysteries of Faith by Mark McIntosh
The Christian Moral Life by Timothy F. Sedgewick
My Neighbor’s Faith by Jennifer Howe Peace et al

In addition, two books are read in common by all students:
Fighting with the Bible: Why Scripture Divides Us and How It Can Bring Us Together by Donn Morgan
The Dream of God: A Call to Return by Verna J. Dozier

Learn more about EfM.