The Church teaches that every baptised person is called to ministry. The parish EfM program provides people with the education to carry out that ministry. It offers an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service.
Through study, prayer, and reflection, our EfM group achieves a new understanding of the fullness of God’s kingdom. We study Church history, Biblical exegesis and interpretation, systematic theology, ethics, liturgy and ascetical theology. We regularly reflect together on the events of our own lives. We worship together regularly and enjoy each other’s care and hospitality.
Our parish EfM group meets every Thursday night, with Jamie Miller as Mentor and Keith Wray as Co-Mentor. Mentors can be contacted via the Parish Office
EfM was developed in 1975 by the Anglican School of Theology at the University of the South in Tennessee, and the University continues to update the program with the latest resources and biblical and theological research. EfM has expanded internationally and ecumenically—with groups in Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Mexico, The Bahamas, and Botswana as well as the USA, and including people from other denominations. Over the years 80,000 people have participated in EfM. EfM began in Australia in 1978 and is now administered, under licence from the University of the South, by the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane as EfM-Australia. In Australia over 2500 people have completed the four-year program.
The 2017 Prospectus for the Education for Ministry Program is available here. It provides most of the information you will require to understand the program. Opportunities to join the CCSY Parish EfM program arise at the start of each calendar year and registrations for the 2018 EfM Year will open in November 2017. Enquiries should be directed to the Parish Office or to a member of the Parish Ministry Team.