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Rector's Bible Study

Learn at Emmanuel


Education for Ministry

Tuesdays  |  11 a.m. - 2 p.m.


"Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same spirit, there are a variety of services, but the same Lord, there are variety of activities, but the same God activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit
for the common good."   — 1 Corinthians 12:4-7


Education for Ministry, popularly known as EfM, is a program of theological education for lay people. Students enroll one year at a time for this four-year program. We follow the academic calendar, meeting every Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. EfM covers the basics of a theological education in the Old and New Testaments, church history, liturgy, and theology. We debate the text, when necessary, and we are not deterred by doubt.


The seminar group is the nucleus of the Education for Ministry program. A group consists of six to twelve participants and a trained mentor. Through study, prayer, reflection, and vigorous dialogue EfM groups move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God's kingdom.


The program is open to all committed seekers of insight into how we came to be the church we are. Participants need not be members of Emmanuel Middleburg nor even Episcopalians. What is required is a healthy interest in deepening one's understanding of the life of Christ and the Church. The reward is enriched ministry to others.


For more information, please email or call the church office (540) 687-6297.

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