Education for Ministry


I mentor an online Education for Ministry (EfM) group. It meets virtually every Sunday, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Eastern Time, between Labor Day and Memorial Day.

EfM is a four-year, seminary course for lay people 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. All you need is a recent-model computer with a webcam, microphone, speakers, and high-speed internet access. Most participants find an online EfM group just as rewarding as a face-to-face group. Click here for an overview of online EfM.

Tuition is $375 per year.

Our group is full for the term that begins in September 2018. Please click here to add yourself to the waiting list for the term that begins in September 2019.  

To successfully participate in my online EfM group, you should have...
  • A newer computer (purchased within the last 3–5 years).
  • The latest version of your computer's operating system (Windows or macOS). 
  • High-speed internet access (cable or fiber). DSL and satellite are too slow. 
  • A wired connection to your modem. Wi-Fi often doesn't have enough bandwidth. 
  • A webcam. 
  • An audio headset.

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