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EfM- 2017/2018


In a small seminar style class (6-12 people) learn to:

Define your ministry

Deepen your faith

Develop your theological reflection skills


Dates & Schedule:

Mondays from 6 pm to 8:30 pm

From September 18 through June 11

with breaks for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

(If there is sufficient interest a second group will be added at a time tbd.)



Elizabethan Room


Registration and Fees:

Registration forms for 2017-2018 are available from the Mentors

Registration deadline:  July 30

Tuition:  $375 (includes all materials except a Bible)

Checks made out to Church of the Atonement



Helen Klaviter, 773-989-7912,


EfM Program Overview


The Education for Ministry (EfM) program is a four-year study and group reflection process for the formation of Christian ministry through the development of knowledge, attitude, skill, and identity as Christians.   Published texts and essays provide the primary knowledge content in the study of the Christian tradition. EfM graduates may repeat any year; new students must begin with year one.    Students commit to only one year at a time.


Reading and Reflection Guide

A Reading and Reflection Guide provides weekly reading assignments, reflection questions, and additional supportive resources for the group. The entire group uses the same Guide each year—Volume A, B, C, or D. Each volume has a particular focus: Volume A, “Living Faithfully in Our World,” works with the contexts of a person’s life; Volume B builds on “Living Faithfully in an Intercultural World”; Volumes C and D explore “Living as Spiritually Mature Christians” and “Living into the Journey with God,” respectively.  2017-18 is Year A.


Texts for Each Year

Year One, Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament):

A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, 2nd Ed., by John J. Collins.

The Holy Bible, Old Testament and Apocrypha*


Year Two, New Testament:

Introducing the New Testament, by Mark Allan Powell.

The Holy Bible, New Testament*


Year Three, Christian (church) history:

Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, by Diarmaid MacCulloch.


Year Four, Theology, ethics, and interfaith encounter:

Theology: A Very Short Introduction, by David F. Ford

Mysteries of Faith, by Mark McIntosh

The Christian Moral Life: Practices of Piety, by Timothy F. Sedgwick.

My Neighbor’s Faith, edited by Jennifer Howe Peace, Or N. Rose, and Gregory Mobley.


Two Interlude Texts for Volume A:  Living Faithfully in Our World

Fighting with the Bible:  Why Scripture Divides Us and

How It Can Bring Us Together, by Donn Morgan

A Dream of God:  A Call to Return, by Verna J. Dozier


*Note: The most recent Oxford Annotated edition of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible is recommended, but any translation may be used as long as it includes the Apocrypha. Paraphrased Bibles are not recommended for study. All EfM participants have subscriber’s access to the Oxford Biblical Studies Internet site, which has articles, maps, timelines, a variety of biblical translations, illustrations, and numerous other items.


More information on EfM and its sponsor The Beecken Center at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee is available at



There are multiple outlets for Church of the Atonement parishioners - young and old - to learn and grow spiritually:

Adult Educational Series

The Adult Formation Committee works to offer a new look at adult formation by offering an Adult Education Series following the 9:00am mass and prior to the 11:00am mass. In the past, there have been panel discussions, multi-media presentations, and interactive forums on Art, Music, and Prayer followed by group discussions. The committee conintues to work to identify relevant topics, such as Holy Week Liturgies, The Prayer Book, What it Means to be an Episcopalian and a member of an Anglo-Catholic parish, and Dismissal:  Going Forth with Christ. These enriching programs are offered to allow our parish members and visitors to grow in the knowledge and love of God in Christ. Any suggestions for topics or presentations are welcome. Please email here.

Children's Ministry

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a religious formation program which strives to nurture a young child's relationship with God through the use of Holy Scripture, prayer, and experiences of Liturgy.  Hands-on material and curriculum support exploration and personal expression of faith.

Saving Wisdom is a religious formation program that helps the school age child to become familiar with the New Testament, the Old Testament, and the Sacraments.  Hand made materials as well as fine art and music help the children explore who God is and what our relationship is to him and all creation.

The Parent Group meets during the education hour to discuss the same topic as the Saving Wisdom class.  It is an informal gathering which allows the parents to get to know one another and to explore scripture and the Sacraments.  

For more information, email here.

Education for Ministry (EfM)

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year program in theological education based on small-group study and practice. It helps faithful adults encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together..  Founded in 1975 and sponsored by the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, ( this international program has assisted more than 80,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service. 

At Church of the Atonement, EfM meets weekly on Monday evenings from mid-September through mid-June. Registration deadline for the class beginning in September 2017 is August 1. If you are interested in more information, please email here.