Education for Ministry

As Christians, we face the difficult and often subtle task of interpreting the richness of the church’s faith in a complex and confusing world. Education for Ministry (or as it’s better known, EfM) is a program for adults who desire to grow deeper into scripture, church history and theology in a small group. 

Definitely not your grandmother’s Bible study program, EfM understands that adults are responsible for their own learning and that bible study is more than just reading scripture and being “taught” what it means. EfM participants meet weekly for 2-3 hours in a seminar group for 36 meetings (roughly following the academic year) to discuss readings covering the Old and New Testament, ecclesiastical history and practice the art of theological reflection. Participants may receive education units from the University of the South for each year's work.

Cost is $375 and includes all the textbooks required (scholarships available). 

Join us, we are now enrolling for the 2019/2020 school year to meet on Monday evenings from 7-9pm.

Contact Kari Stewart ( or Juli Kennedy ( This is not limited to COS parishioners so if you've got a friend from a neighboring church, invite them!