New EfM Group

A new, Education for Ministry (EfM) group is forming for Episcopalians who live in the southwest and southeast districts of the Diocese of the Rochester. This group will be a “hybrid” class—which means that most of the time it will meet online, but occasionally it will meet at a central location. The group will start meeting in September 2019.

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
  • Discern their ministries in the church and world.

The online seminars will take place via the Zoom virtual meeting platform. All you need to participate is a recent-model computer with a webcam, microphone, speakers, and high-speed internet access. You can also join the online seminars on your smartphone or tablet with the Zoom app.

The group will meet for 90 minutes each week between Labor Day and Memorial Day. Enrolled group members will choose a day and time for the weekly seminars. You’ll need to spend two to four hours each week in self-study to prepare for the seminars.

John Clinton Bradley and Nancy Grear will mentor the group. John is a member of St. Thomas’ Bath and a long-time EfM mentor. Nancy is a member of St. Paul’s Rochester and serves as EfM coordinator for the entire diocese.

To enroll, please do the following:

  1. Download the EfM enrollment form, print it, and complete it by hand. In the Fees area, please select the Sponsored $375 option.
  2. If you want to pay your tuition fee by credit card, download the charge card authorization form, print it, and complete it by hand. 
  3. If you want to pay your tuition fee by check, make your check payable to EfM.
  4. Download the Enrollment and Another Administrative Information document, print it, and keep a copy for your records. This is the Appendix B-1 referred to on the bottom of the enrollment form.
  5. Mail your completed enrollment form and tuition payment to John at the address below.

The registration deadline is July 1, 2019.

If you need tuition assistance, ask your rector or priest-in-charge if the parish can help you. You might also want to apply for a Thorp scholarship.

John Clinton Bradley
Administrative Mentor
67 E Main St
Hornell NY 14843
Nancy Grear

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