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Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 80,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together.
Beecken Center News
May 13, 2015
The Bible Challenge offers an option not only for private study but also for congregations to explore together how this ancient and fundamentally informing text, so taken for granted, so often used for good and ill, still has power for Christians to renew their faith and inform their imagination. The Bible Challenge, which offers a year-long course of study for churches and individuals to daily engage the Old and New Testaments, has been an instrument not only for scriptural literacy but also for awakening the immense human hunger for “the abundant life.” This path offers an opportunity to see beyond scripture as a set of prescriptions for the human condition or propositions to be explored: to see into the reality of Scripture as a record of divine-human relationships and to see ourselves as invited inside this great mystery.
What do you get when you enter into holy conversations? What do you experience when you seek to listen from the spiritual heart rather than the ego-centered place of ambition, competition, and demand? What do you get when nearly thirty people–both lay and ordained–from seven states come together to share their experiences of ministry? You get the incredible space that was initiated in the first Practicing Mind-in-Heart Spiritual Leadership workshop, held at the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle, Tenn.
September 2, 2014
The Beecken Center at The School of Theology is now accepting applications for the summer 2015 session of SUMMA Theological Debate Camp. There is no fee to apply.
March 14 – 18, 2017
The Beecken Center of the School of Theology is partnering with Listening Hearts Ministries to offer an intensive, four-day retreat to train participants in the art of facilitating and mentoring spiritual discernment groups using the Listening Hearts approach. The retreat will include communal meditation activities, workshops that teach the practical aspects of teaching spiritual discernment, and a series of discernment sessions, each of which is followed by a reflective review to gain insight into the elements that bring forth fruitful discernment.
February 8 – 10, 2017
Join us at this Living Compass training at the Sewanee Inn in Sewanee, Tenn. Feb. 8–10, 2017 to learn and plan how to use Living Compass materials in your ministry location. In this Certified Congregational Wellness Advocate (CWA) training, you will learn how to enhance your congregation’s vitality by beginning or expanding a wellness ministry in your church. Certification requires completion of this training plus leading two Living Compass programs within one year of having completed the training.