UPDATE: The Basic training class is now full.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Stephenville, TX is hosting a mentor training September 15-17, 2017 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 (FULL)
- Formation – Deepening TR: Four Sources and Four Movements
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 15th. Training will end no later than 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 17th. 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. Download information about reservations at The Cottage at Wooded Oaks retreat center for $75 per night. Alternatively, participants may reserve and pay for their own rooms at a local hotel. Local hotels are also available. Training organizers recommend the Hampton Inn, 910 S. Harbin Dr., Stephenville, TX 76401 (254-918-5400) and the Holiday Inn Express, 121 Lockhart St., Stephenville, TX 76401 (1-800-315-2605). If you choose to stay in a hotel, you are responsible for making your own reservations.
Registration is closed
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions to location and other training information will be sent by email (or snail mail) to all registered participants.