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Have you ever been curious about how the Bible was actually written, or how different Christian denominations developed? Have you wanted to learn more about the individuals and groups who, through the centuries, contributed most to the formation of the Church as stands today? Have you wanted of focus more on your own spiritual development and personal ministry? If so, Education for Ministry (EfM) may be for you.

A mini-seminary for lay people

EfM is an Episcopal seminary-created program of theological education for the laity and can be found in Episcopal and Anglican churches worldwide. This unique four-year distance learning certificate program is based upon small-group study and practice. Since its founding in 1975, EfM has assisted more than 80,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together.

At Saint Barnabas we offer two weekly seminar groups: one meets on Monday mornings and the other on Tuesday evenings (summers excepted). Together we engage in intensive study of our Christian faith and tradition — scripture, history, theology, and philosophy. We pray together; we engage in theological reflection together; we share our spiritual journeys; we discern out personal call to serve others.


New classes begin meeting in January each year.

If you are interested in registering for EfM or if you have questions, please contact EfM Mentor Ken Allision: ksallison@juno.com or telephone (480) 483-9065