I mentor an online Education for Ministry (EfM) group. It meets on Zoom every Sunday, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
EfM is a four-year, seminary course for laypeople that explores the Bible, church history, theology, and ethics. Participants also learn how to share their spiritual autobiographies, engage in theological reflection, deepen their spiritual lives, examine their theological frameworks, and discern their ministries in the church and world.
Online EfM is a convenient option for people who live in an area where traditional groups are not available or who are housebound. All you need is a recent-model computer with a webcam, microphone, speakers, and high-speed internet access. (A smartphone or tablet will also work.) Most participants find an online EfM group just as rewarding as a face-to-face group.
Tuition is $325 per year. Participants must purchase their own textbooks. A reduced tuition fee may be available. Please let me know if you need reduced tuition. Also, consider asking your parish to underwrite your tuition partially or fully.
We are currently accepting applicants for the September 2023-May 2024 term. Click here to apply. If I notify you that a seat is available, I will ask you to reserve your seat with a $25 deposit via Venmo or PayPal. Official registration will open around July 1. Once you register, I will refund your deposit. If you decide not to register, I will keep you deposit.