Education for Ministry (EfM)
For more information, contact The Rev. Anne Williams
This is the twenty-first year for Education for Ministry (EfM) in this Diocese! There are approximately 64 active students with eight groups active in Ames, Anamosa (at Anamosa State Penitentiary), Cedar Rapids, Des Moines (3), Iowa City and Cedar Falls/Waterloo. The Diocese has 14 active mentors and over 50 inactive mentors. Over 190 individual graduates from EfM are currently resident in the Diocese. Since the program began in this Diocese in 1986, there have been at least 28 individuals who have been ordained either to the permanent deaconate, to Canon 9 priesthood, or have gone on to 3-year seminary training after they participated in EfM. Plus there are countless members of the laity who have had their ministries enhanced and have gone on to serve in leadership positions in their parishes and communities.
This unique educational curriculum is consistent with the diocesan long-range plan, particularly in the area of nurturing discipleship as it helps to develop an individual’s spirituality and encourage mutual ministry. But it also fosters evangelism as it prepares individuals to have the academic and theological background to be able to go out into the world and be witnesses to their faith.
There are two trainers in the state of Iowa for the EfM program. One is the judicatory head of the Christian Church/Disciples of Christ, The Rev. Richard Guentert and the other is The Rev. Anne Moats Williams. In that capacity, they each travel to all parts of the country to train mentors in the EfM process.