A Program Unlike Any Other

The Education for Ministry program is not like any other bible study. An in-depth study of scripture is an integral part of the program, but it is not the only part.

EFM is a powerful combination of scripture, worship, theology, and theological reflection which helps students develop the skills they need to better discern their call to ministry.

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About the Program

Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 30,000 students in discovering how to respond to the call of Christian service.

The EfM program is preparation for the ministry to which we all are called. It is that vocation for which we pray at the end of the eucharist: “And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.”

The Diocese of Southwest Florida supports this important ministry to laity and offers classes and training at parishes in Southwest Florida.

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Upcoming Sessions

Groups begin in September and run for 36 weeks. Registration starts each summer. (You do not have to be a member of the church where a group meets.) Online group meetings are also available.

  • The Cathedral Church of St. Peter, St. Petersburg
  • St. Mary’s, Tampa
  • St. Boniface, Siesta Key
  • St. Mark’s, Venice
  • Good Shepherd, Punta Gorda
  • St. Mark’s, Marco Island
  • Trinity by the Cove, Naples

Have a Question?

For questions about the leadership program, email Michelle Thomas, EfM Diocesan Coordinator.

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