Our Education for Ministry (EFM) programme will be conducting its next round of mentor training in November. EFM is a locally delivered model of adult Christian formation and discipleship, that links Christian faith with daily life. It’s one of the four promoted models of discipleship that help us achieve our diocesan mission of being discipled and discipling others.
The purpose of the training is:
- to offer basic training and accreditation for those seeking to become an EFM mentor,
- to offer in-service training and accreditation for mentors currently mentoring an EFM group,
- to provide guidance and an opportunity to use material in the Reading and Reflection Guide (RRG) Volume A to be used from next year, and
- to provide an opportunity for mentors to share their experience of the EFM curriculum and explore issues or questions about their EFM groups.
Here’s what some participants have said about EFM in the past:
“Challenging, sometimes intellectually demanding, and thought provoking, but always very worthwhile”
“A greater sense of the spiritual in my life.”
“Brings alive the writers of scripture and their particular struggles.”
“I was surprised by EFM. It wasn’t what I expected. It was all I signed up for, but much more besides…”
“Addresses questions of ministry and mission in today’s world.”
Mentor training equips and accredits mentors to begin and lead EFM groups. You don’t need to have done EFM, but you need to:
- be able to commit to a regular rhythm of reading, study, and personal reflection to guide a weekly group
- feel called to deepen your own Christian faith and help others do the same
- have good small group facilitation skills
- be able to foster a group environment of mutual respect for diversity.