Education for Ministry 


Looking for something different in the way of Christian education? Want to dig deeper into the Christian faith, studying the Bible, church history, theological ideas, and reflect on connecting faith with life experiences? Education for Ministry (EfM) may be calling you. EfM is one of the best programs in the Episcopal Church for adult lay members to learn to think theologically about the surrounding world.

EFM is a distance-learning program from the University of the South, and usually held within parishes. It is a four-year course of study consisting of weekly seminars over the nine month academic year. Each seminar group is made up of 6 to 12 people and group mentors who facilitate and participate fully in all discussions. Commitment is on a yearly basis.

Groups at St. Paul’s meet on Monday on Monday mornings from 9:30 am - noon pm (day group). Both groups will start in early September. All parishioners from the Rochester Diocese are welcome to join.  Members receive reading assignments and are responsible for setting their own learning goals. In the seminars, members have an opportunity to share their insights and discoveries as well as discuss questions that the study materials raise. (More detailed information). Tuition is $350, some financial support is available through the Thorp Scholarship fund. 

If you have any questions regarding the program, contact Nancy Grear: or 585-271-2240.  Enrollment forms and payment are due to the St. Paul’s Church Office.

Here is a LINK to a  thirteen minute video which includes interviews with EfM graduates and how they are using their learning in their own way.