Education for Ministry - EfM
An adult education programme at St John's Cathedral
Our call to be ministers in the world
Many people think that one must be ordained in order to be a "minister". The fact is that all baptised Christians are called to be active participants in the Church's total ministry. This total ministry is nothing less than the exercise of the Church's vocation to continue the ministry of Jesus. He reconciled the world to God. We are called to incarnate that reconciliation in our own time and in our own place through worship, service to others, and by proclamation of God's Word to all people.
What is EFM?
EFM is a comprehensive educational programme involving intensive study of Christianity. Participants learn from their own experience, from other Christians, and from the traditions of Christianity found in Scripture and in the history of the Church.
EFM was developed at the University of the South, Sewanee, USA.
For whom is EFM intended?
EFM is for those who want to discover more about Christianity and their ministry as baptised Christians.
No specific qualifications are needed to join a group, beyond an ability to read English discerningly, and make the necessary time commitment.
At present there is a Chinese-speaking group which meets from September to June and an English-speaking group which meets from January to December.
The Hebrew Scriptures, an overview of the Bible approached from an historical critical perspective
The culture of New Testament times; an in-depth study of the Gospels, Jesus, and Pauline writings
Further reading of the New Testament; readings of the early Church Fathers, the development of theology and Church History
Church history and thought from the Enlightenment to the present day.
What does EFM cost?
The annual cost of EfM is set by EfM Australia and also varies with the exchange rate with the Australian dollar. At present (August 2013) it is HK$2500. This covers all reading materials and mentoring.
Recruitment is usually by invitation in the weekly Pew Bulletin once or twice a year and occasionally open evenings are held for people interested in joining. These are also advertised in the Pew Bulletin.