Education for Ministry
Every baptized person is called to ministry. Lay persons face the difficult and often subtle task of interpreting the richness of the church's faith in a complex and confusing world. They need a theological education which supports their faith and also teaches them to express that faith in day-to-day events. As the emphasis on lay ministry has grown, Education for Ministry has come to play an important role by providing a program that develops an informed and knowledgeable laity.
The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides people with the education to carry out that ministry. During the liturgy of Confirmation, we ask God to "renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at Baptism. Send them forth in the power of the Spirit to perform the service you set before them." EfM offers an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service.
The Diocese of Upper South Carolina has a strong history of EfM groups, some running for more than 30 years. For more information about EfM, please contact the diocesan coordinator, Terri Bailey.