Eduction for the Ministry

 Upcoming Events

 EfM Information Events

Meet EfM graduates and current EfM members, and find out what EfM is all about. More about upcoming Information events will be added as soon as details are finalised. If you are interested in starting or joining an EfM group in your district, please contact Michael

Contact for information:

Michael Butler

EfM Mentor Training

1pm 10 February to 6pm 11 February

St Francis Retreat Centre, 50 Hillsborough Rd, Auckland 1042

EfM (Education for Ministry) is a program of study devised primarily for lay people (though ordained folks benefit from participating too!). It provides four-years of study material at a tertiary level and in a learning environment where the reading and reflection undertaken by the individual members of the group is then reflected on together at weekly group meetings and applied to everyday life and ministry.

EfM is a way to continually deepen the journey with God in the company of a group which provides challenge and support and co-learning opportunities. It has both academic rigour and a holistic, grounded way of applying that rigour to the realities of 21st century life, living into what into means to be disciples of Christ in our particular time and context.

To support the life of EfM groups and provide for the possibility of new groups forming we need to have mentors who are trained in the skills needed to facilitate these co-learning groups. A mentor is not an expert, or a tutor, but a co-learner with group members who has the added group skills to ensure that a safe, honest, non-judgmental learning environment is fostered.

If you think that you might have what it takes to be a mentor, and/or are interested in in stepping into the adventure that is EfM, fill in the registration form and come along to the training event in Auckalnd.

Coming to the training does not commit you to being a mentor! There is no cost! Come, taste, and see!

If you have questions or want more information email

Registrations close on 26 January 2023

EfM Taster Evening

Tuesday 7th February 2023 7 - 8:30p.m.

St James Anglican Church, 71 Woburn Rd, Lower Hutt

EFM Montage

EfM – exploring faith matters: a taster evening

Do you sometimes struggle to make sense of how life in the twenty first century and being a follower of Christ fit together?

Do you long for fresh ways to talk about God?

Are you looking for a safe place to discuss ideas that seem a bit radical?

Do you want to go deeper in understanding the Bible and Christian tradition, AND how people can worship the same God but see things so differently from each other?

Join us on Tuesday evening, 7 February, from 7.00-8.30pm at St James’s Anglican Church, 71 Woburn Road, Lower Hutt, where there will be an opportunity to have a taste of EfM (aka Education for Ministry, or, Exploring Faith Matters). Come and find out why so many people in the last forty years have found it (and still find it!) such a powerful way to grow their faith, to develop their ability to recognise God’s presence in the world around them, and to be part of a group who travel the faith journey deeply together

EfM is a four year program which participants commit to one year at a time.
Study is done both individually and also within a weekly seminar group.
In this group, learnings, insights and questions are shared, participants take turns in leading worship, and together the group share their stories and reflect theologically together.
Deep life is built between group members and much laughter and creativity is balanced by profound insights received and trust developed. What is learned is then taken back into practice in daily life, with support from the members of the group.
This is why it is one of the programmes endorsed by the Diocese of Wellington for developing discipleship – individually and communally.

There is no cost! Come, taste, and see!

For more information, please phone or email:
Raewyn Berkahn – 021-245-2677;
Jean Malcolm – 021-294-2122;

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