Christian Formation - Adults

Adult Formation
St. Mark’s offers a variety of Christian Education opportunities for adults and welcomes not only our own parishioners, but also members of the community interested in learning with us. Our wide-ranging curriculum features Bible study, timely topics, book discussions, videos, and guest speakers from within our community. Most of these programs are offered from September through May.


Book Discussion
Groups meet on Sunday mornings for a few weeks to read and discuss books together. Recent readings include one of Richard Rohr’s books.


Guest Speakers
Speakers from within our community address wide-ranging topics. Upcoming speakers from Heartside Ministries and Dwelling Place will share stories and offer opportunities for volunteer work.


Lenten Wednesdays Studies Series
During Lent, we gather for a study series to share soup and conversation before focusing on different topics each year.  Past Lenten Wednesday’s have included “Embracing Forgiveness” by Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, as well as Islam, Female Saints, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism.


Education for Ministry 
EfM offers lay people an opportunity to discover how to recognize and respond to that call. Graduates leave the program with confidence in their ability to live their lives as knowledgeable, articulate Christians. EfM is a program of theological education-at-a-distance of the School of Theology, University of the South using a seminar format. Students sign up one year at a time for this four-year program. It provides:

  •  A balanced, comprehensive view of Scripture

  •  An understanding of the church – past, present and future

  •  Exposure to modern theological thinking

  •  Extensive practice in applying what you learn to your life

  •  An opportunity to participate in Christian “small group” life.


Seminars usually begin to form in the summer to prepare for a September start. For more information, contact Mother Sue York, Margaret Stretton, Judith Claytor, or Marissa Lee.


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