Education for Ministry in the Diocese of Long Island

Education for Ministry (EfM) in the Diocese of Long Island

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

In addition to the area of study for each year as outlined above, our work together is centered on theological reflection. Theological reflection is the artful spiritual discipline of putting our life experiences into conversation with the living God of our faith. It's a practical skill that will provide a way for you to experience greater meaning in your day-to-day life and a more tangible sense of God's loving presence in the world.

EfM is locally based. At present there are EfM groups in Brooklyn 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.

EfM is a program of the School of Theology University of the South in Sewanee Tennessee.  More information, can be found on their website:

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.

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! 

Our next EfM Long Island Mentor Training: June 4-6, 2020

If you successfully complete mentor training, you can be certified as an EfM mentor. No previous experience of EfM is required.

If you are interested in attending EfM mentor training, contact Deacon John:, 917-519-0422.

You too can become an EfM Mentor!


• 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

Mentors: Hyacinth Jeffers & Marian Bird

• Holy Apostles Church/Windsor Terrace

Meets Tuesday at 7:00 pm | Sept to June

Mentor: Lucas Thorpe 

• St. Paul's Church in the Village of Flatbush

Meets Monday at 7 pm | October to July

Mentors: Valerie Stuart & Edward Barrow


• St. John's/Huntington

Meets Monday at 7:00pm | Sept to June

Mentors: Leslie Valentine & Susan Cronje

• St. Mark's/Islip

Meets Monday at 6:30pm | January to December

Mentors: Deacon Gail Kertland & June Christian