St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Stephenville, TX is hosting a Mentor training event September 9-11, 2016 for prospective and continuing mentors in the Education for Ministry (EfM) program, as well as others interested in the program.
There will be two training events offered:
- Basic/In Service: Foundations of Seminar Life
- Formation: Ministry in Daily Life
Please be reminded that Sewanee’s change in training requirements for experienced mentors may necessitate your taking basic training:
“mentors must return to Basic In-Service after 3 consecutive non-Basic/In-service events–i.e., formations or alternate trainings”.
This requirement went into effect September of 2006. All brand-new mentors must take two Basic trainings before taking a Formation training. Formation events are available for active mentors. To qualify for a Formation even, a Mentor must be accredited in a second Basic/In-service and be recommended for Formation by a trainer.
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.
Trainees should arrive at St. Luke’s between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. in order to join church hosts for a light lunch and get acquainted with the facility. The actual training will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9th. Training will end no later than 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11th. Participants are expected to be present for the entire session in order to meet the training requirements of 18 contact hours. Meals (7) are included in the training cost of $200. A very limited number of guest rooms in the homes of local EfM participants are available at no cost on a first come, first served basis. Otherwise Mentor Training participants must reserve and pay for their own rooms at a local hotel. Click for a map showing hotels near the church.
Those interested in attending EfM Mentor Training, please contact Diocesan EfM Coordinator Dana Wilson immediately to receive a registration form. Upon receipt of your completed form and check, 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 Dana Wilson, Diocesan EFM Coordinator at 817-637-1518 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions to location and other training information will be sent by Email (or snail mail) to all registered participants.