Why Education for Ministry?
Christian lay persons face the difficult and often subtle task of interpreting the richness of the Christian faith in a complex and theologically diverse world. EFM offers the kind of theological education which gives reason and historical context to one’s faith and fosters spiritual growth. As the emphasis on lay participation in the church has increased, EFM has come to play an important part by providing a program that develops an informed and knowledgeable laity.
Participants in EFM study the entire sweep of the Christian tradition, from the earliest period to the present. Students learn the disciplines of biblical exegesis and interpretation, systematic theology, church history, ethics, liturgics and ascetical theology, which form the core of a seminary education. The traditional content is not studied in a vacuum; however. EFM creates small "communities of learning" where life events may be examined in the light of the materials being studied. While the academic material is substantial, there is the added focus on life implications and understanding them in a theological context. EFM provides adult Christians with a basic skill -- theological reflection, which sharpens the skills of personal and cultural assessment.