One of the best resources for in-depth adult education in the Episcopal Church is Education for Ministry (EfM). Deacon Virginia McNeely from All Saints, Sacramento is one of the organizers for EfM in our diocese. She says, “This is a program designed to develop lay leaders. In studying the Hebrew Scriptures, New Testament, Church History and theology they become more grounded in their faith and more comfortable in leadership roles in the church community and the greater community. EfM helps to develop mature spirituality and discernment of gifts that invite graduates to be leaders.”
EfM is a four-year course of study which centers around a weekly meeting for study, discussion, and reflection. Each group has a trained mentor who facilitates the course. There are openings to join a new group starting this fall. The current EfM class meets at St. Francis Episcopal Church, Fair Oaks on Monday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
There are brochures about Education for Ministry at the back of our worship area. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Deacon McNeely at firstname.lastname@example.org.