Education for Ministry (EFM) is an ecumenical programme for all believers that combines Biblical and theological study with reflection on how this applies to the challenging issues of our world. Our next first year group is starting on Tuesday the 7th of February at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, in the Brian Davis Room. The sessions will run from 5:30pm until 7:30pm.
Groups of up to ten people meet with a trained mentor weekly for discussion, worship, and reflection. The first year focuses on the Old Testament, whilst the second year focuses on the New Testament, the third on church history, and the fourth on theology, ethics, and inter-faith encounter.
EFM does not involve assignments or exams, but requires you to commit to reading preparation before the meetings and to contribute to the life of the group. It’s a four-year course, but people commit to one year at a time, consisting of 36 sessions. We share a light meal at the beginning of each session and there is plenty of food for thought to take away.
The fee for one year is $260.70, and members buy their own text books (either hard copy, or e-book). There is an EFM reading guide for each person.
This new first year group will be co-mentored by Richard Norman who has undertaken the four-year programme of EFM and is a lecturer in the Victoria University School of Management, and Rev. Catherine Froud who is a Deacon at Island Bay.