Education for Ministry
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.
Testimonials from EfM-ers in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts
“Through EfM, I found a disciplined way to study the ‘big picture’ of the Bible, which often eluded me in lectionary readings. It was such a gift to then find a particular piece of the Bible that fascinated me, and to be able to discuss it with other seekers! And the extraordinary thing was that it was both deep and life-changing work, but truly fun at the same time.” –Julie Mankowsky, elementary school teacher, EfM graduate, St. Francis’, Holden
The EfM course of study was a challenging and helpful experience. I enjoyed reading entire books of scripture along with the study materials and delving into church history and theology which were new areas of learning for me. The weekly meetings with the group were essential for shared prayer, questioning, listening and learning from one another. The group theological reflections were always fascinating and required strong leaders to guide us through them. My only frustration was not having the time to prepare as much as I would have liked, but once I resolved to just do what I could, I enjoyed the course thoroughly. –Kathleen O’Connor, attorney, EfM graduate, St. Francis’, Holden.
“The ‘hook’ of EfM is the structured study of Scripture, church history, and theology, which of course provides a wonderful base for ministry, but what I, and I think most people, find to be most powerful about it is the spiritual formation that happens when you participate in spiritual reflection and small group worship week after week. You come to see the world with more spiritual eyes, and to discern God’s calling for you, your unique ministry. In my case it turned out to be bivocational priesthood, but EfM is not primarily about developing people for ordained ministry – it is about helping them see and live into their particular calling as a baptized child of God and member of the Church.” –The Rev. Eliot Moss, EfM mentor, Rector, St. John’s, Ashfield
For more information, please contact EfM Diocesan Coordinator, Joan Gilchrist – joan.elizabeth.gilchrist@
Current EfM Groups in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts:
|St. Francis’, Holden — Robin Carlo, Mentor, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|St. James’, Greenfield — Stephen Houghton, Mentor, email@example.com|
|St. Stephen’s, Westborough — Faith Howarth, Mentor, firstname.lastname@example.org|
Trinity, Milford — The Rev. Mac Murray, Mentor, email@example.com
Grace, Chicopee — will begin in the fall, 2014 — Peter Prewandowski, Mentor, firstname.lastname@example.org