Theology is “faith seeking understanding.” Studying our faith traditions and learning to apply them to our lives helps to clarify our beliefs, deepen our faith, and leads us further on our life journey of discernment.
EfM – Education for Ministry – is a program of theological education provided as an extension course from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. We study the Old and New Testaments, church history, and ancient and modern theologians. EfM is much more than bible study; students learn to reflect theologically on their own lives and the world around them, using many sources. Seminar groups study, discuss, worship, and pray together, carrying on the journey of spiritual formation as a community.
St. Andrew’s sponsors an active EfM classes which meet weekly. The EfM program at St. Andrew’s was begun in 2004 and continues to grow. In 2009, an EfM Graduates’ Group began meeting on a monthly basis, for the purpose of continuing the fellowship and challenging study discovered in EfM classes; this group is comprised of approximately 15 members. Education for Ministry seminar groups are administered under the direction of the School of Ministry of the Diocese of North Carolina.