Education for Ministry

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year program of study and reflection for lay Christian formation structured by the University of the South School of Theology. 

It helps you encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into your conversations along with your experiences of the world as you study, worship, and engage in theological reflection in a small group community.

Every baptized person is called to ministry. For thousands of people, completing the EfM program has given them the confidence to claim and express their ministry at their workplace or school, in their community, in volunteer work, at home with family and friends, and at their local church. Wherever they are, whomever they’re with, at whatever place in life they’re at right now. Could this be for you? 

SITES IN ECCT: Each group is comprised of minimum of six and maximum of twelve students who meet weekly during the academic year under the guidance of trained mentors. Below are the groups currently meeting.

  • Wilton: St. Matthew’s. Monday nights 7 – 9:30 PM
  • West Hartford: St. James’s. Monday nights 6:30 – 9:00 PM
  • Durham: Church of the Epiphany. Thursday nights: 7 – 9 PM
  • Greenwich: Christ Church: Monday nights: 6 PM – 9 PM
  • Litchfield:  St. Michael’s: Monday mornings: 9:30 AM – 12 PM

EfM is a four-year program, however each year is taken separately and you don’t have to complete them in four years. There is also an online option.

For more information on the content and curriculum of EfM, including the online option, see the EfM website. For more information for Episcopalians in CT, contact ECCT EfM Coordinator Ron Ward.

Watch the video below of ECCT EfM students reflecting on what EfM means to them. (Created by the Rev. Curtis Farr, when he was Associate Rector at St. James’s, West Hartford, an EfM site.)