Register for EfM mentor training in September

Register for EfM mentor training in September

2018 EFM mentor training

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Stephenville, TX is hosting a mentor training September 14-16, 2018 for prospective and continuing mentors in the Education for Ministry (EfM) program, as well as others interested in the program.

Training options

There will be two training events offered:

  • Basic/In Service – Foundations of Seminar Life
  • Vocation Formation Training – Ministry in Daily Life

Please be reminded that Sewanee training requirements for experienced mentors may necessitate your taking basic training.

All new mentors must take two Basic trainings before taking a Formation training. To qualify for a Formation training event, a mentor must be active, accredited in a second Basic/In-service, and recommended for Formation by a trainer. Experienced mentors must return to Basic training after 3 consecutive Formation or alternative trainings.

Basic In-Service training will equip people to understand the role and responsibility of an EfM Mentor. Those who successfully complete the weekend will be accredited as Mentors by the University of the South. The training is experiential. The aim is to equip you as a recruiter and mentor of an EfM group.


Training will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14th. Training will end no later than 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 16th. Participants are expected to be present for the entire session in order to meet the training requirements of 18 contact hours.

Lodging and Fees

The cost of the training is $200 and includes six meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch). The organizers of the training are unable to accommodate special diets, so participants who have special dietary needs can bring their own food and receive a fee credit of $75.

Lodging is an additional expense. Here are two options for lodging. Click for more info:

The Cottage at Wooded Oaks retreat center

The Cottage at Wooded Oaks, a retreat center, has been reserved for lodging. It has 5 bedrooms (16 Twin Beds) and 3 full bathrooms. Sheets and towels are provided. The Cottage is located about 10 minutes from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Stephenville. (9020 N. U. S. Highway 377, Stephenville, TX 76401. View a map.
The accommodations are semi-private, requiring that you share a room with several other people. The cost is $75 per person per night or $150 for the weekend. This cost is in addition to the $200 registration fee.

Local hotels

Alternatively, participants may reserve and pay for their own rooms at a local hotel. If you choose to stay in a hotel, you are responsible for making your own reservations. Training organizers recommend these two:


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Upon receipt of your completed form and fee, your space will be reserved. Please be aware that accreditation as an EfM mentor is not automatic. An important part of the trainer’s role is to discern when mentor-trainees are appropriately prepared to lead an EfM group. Those accredited will be able to enroll an EfM group through the School of Theology at the University of the South. “This training will enhance your other ministries in significant ways,” Wilson said, “so I encourage you to participate whether or not you plan to mentor!”

For any additional information or questions, please contact Wilson at 817-637-1518 or Directions to location and other training information will be sent by email (or snail mail) to all registered participants.