Offered by the School of Theology at the University of the South, Education for Ministry is a program of study and spiritual development for lay people.  EfM takes place in small groups led by trained, certified mentors. Although it is a four-year program, participants sign up one year at a time.  EfM groups are formed locally, perhaps at your church. Groups meet once a week, usually from September to June.  

Being in a small group, EfM participants create a safe space of trust and love where they are able to explore faith more deeply. Through study, reflection and working together, group members are assisted in seeing their call to ministry in the world. EfM goes much further than bible study and participants will learn more about themselves and each other. Together, EfM groups will discover God’s gifts and learn how to offer these gifts to the world.  

For more information contact the Coordinator of EfM for the diocese, Deacon John Musco:

Education for Ministry group gathered in a circle

Interested in starting an EfM group at your parish?

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, including information about mentor training. 

Current EfM Groups in the Diocese of Long Island

Welcome to Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, Est. 1847

Grace Church - Brooklyn Heights

Meets Wednesday at 6:30pm | Sept to June 
Mentor: John Musco, 

Holy Apostles Windsor Terrace

Holy Apostles Church - Windsor Terrace

Meets Tuesday at 7:00 pm | Sept to June 
Mentors: Heather Kelly & Ida Love

The sanctuary of St. Paul's Flatbush

St. Paul's Church in the Village of Flatbush

Meets Monday at 7 pm | October to July 
Mentor: Valerie Stuart 

St. John's Huntington

St. John's - Huntington

Meets Monday at 7:00pm | Sept to June 
Mentors: Leslie Valentine & Denise Hernandez

Diocese of Long Island

North Fork Episcopal Ministries

Starting this Fall
Contact Darren Mignone at for details. 


Upcoming Events for Education for Ministry (EfM)