Education for Ministry in the Diocese of Long Island

Education for Ministry

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year program of study and spiritual development for lay people. It takes place in a small group setting. Participation helps us to respond to the question all of us face: How do I respond to God's call to ministry in the world?

By participating in EfM you will:

* learn to work together in a small group

* study the bible, church history and theology

* engage in theological reflection

* learn about yourself and your fellow group members

* deepen your faith

* discover your call to ministry in the world

Participants commit yearly to meet once a week from September to June. Meetings are led by trained, certified mentors.

EfM is a four-year program, though participants sign up one year at a time:

Year 1: Hebrew Scriptures

Year 2: New Testament

Year 3: Christian History

Year 4: Theology, Ethics and Interfaith Encounter

But why not form a group at your parish? All it takes is a group of parishioners willing to join and someone willing to be trained as a mentor to lead the group. Contact Deacon John for help.

The Diocese of Long Island EfM Mentor training takes place in June. No previous experience in EfM is required.

EfM is locally based. At present there are EfM groups in Brooklyn, Nassau and Suffolk. If you are interested in joining an existing group, contact the Coordinator of EfM for the diocese, Deacon John Musco:, 917-519-0422.

Mentor Training

You can help start a group in your church by being trained as an EfM mentor.  No previous experience of EfM is required!  The Diocese of Long Island provides mentor training in June and as needed.  Other dioceses in our region provide mentor training as well.  For more information, contact Deacon John:, 917-519-0422.

Our recent EfM mentor training August 2-4, 2018.  Participants below are from St Paul's in the Village of Flatbush, St John's Lattingtown, St John the Evangelist Lynbrook, St Thomas Farmingdale, St Anselm's Shoreham and St Mark's Islip.

EfM Groups & Mentors in the Diocese of Long Island


• Grace Church/Brooklyn Hts

Meets Wednesday at 6:30pm | Sept to June

Mentors: John Musco & Kathy Page

• Church of the Nativity/Midwood

Meets Wednesday at 7:30pm | Sept to June

Mentor: Hyacinth Jeffers

• Holy Apostles Church/Windsor Terrace

Meets Tueday at 7:00 pm | Sept to June

Mentors: Lucas Thorpe & Jillian Harris


• St. Thomas'/Farmingdale

Meets Thursday at 6:00pm | Sept to June

Mentor: Carol Eskesen Smith


• St. John's/Huntington

Meets Monday at 7:00pm | Sept to June

Mentor: Leslie Valentine

• St. Mark's/Islip

Meets Monday at 6:30pm | Sept to June

Mentors: Jean Sidebottom & June Christian