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Education for Ministry

Every Christian receives the call to Christian ministry at baptism. Education for Ministry (EFM) provides the basics of a theological education in order to develop knowledge and confidence about the ministry we all share. EFM is a program of the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Completion of the program takes four years, during which participants study the Bible, church history and 20th-century theology.  Participants commit one year at a time to meet weekly in seminar groups led by a trained mentor. Participants can expect to do two to four hours of homework per week outside of the seminar. For more information about EFM, please contact Mark Patzman.

Texts (2020-2021)

Year 1 The Bible (the Hebrew Bible)
A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

The Hebrew Bible: Feminist & Intersectional


John J. Collins

Gale Yee (ed)


Year 2 The Bible (the New Testament)
Introducing the New Testament Mark Allan Powell
Year 3 Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years Diarmaid MacCulloch
Year 4 Theology: A Very Brief Introduction David Ford
Mysteries of Faith Mark McIntosh
The Christian Moral Life Timothy F. Sedgewick
My Neighbor’s Faith Peace, Rose, and Mobley
Interlude 1 Reading the Bible from the Margins Miguel De La Torre
Interlude 2 Healing Our Broken Humanity Grace Ji-Sun Kim &

Graham Hill

Active EfM Groups in the Diocese of San Diego

  • St. Bartholomew, Poway               TBD                                                       trentanthonyhall@gmail.com
  • St. Margaret’s, Palm Desert         Wed @ 4:00 – 6:30 pm                     karlalewis1373@gmail.com
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego    Tue @ 6:00 – 9:00 pm                     efm.stpauls@outlook.com
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego    Thurs @ 6:00 – 9:00 pm                 efm.suavengco@outlook.com
  • St. Peter’s, Del Mar                             Monday @ 6:30 – 9:00                iverson@gmail.com


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