EfM Mentor Training Suspended Through July 31
April 9, 2020
Education for Ministry is suspending in-person EfM mentor training events scheduled from June 1 through July 31 in Sewanee, Episcopal dioceses, and other areas in the United States where a contract with EfM is in effect.
The decision is in keeping with medical recommendations that social distancing is necessary to contain the spread of COVID-19, as well as announcements from bishops directing that in-person meetings, including church services, be cancelled in their dioceses. We will continue to monitor the situation over the next month in order to decide whether to cancel training events scheduled beyond July 31.
If you are registered for a mentor training in June or July, the diocesan coordinator responsible for that training will contact you.
We are aware that this decision will be of concern to mentors who need reaccreditation in order to enroll their groups for the coming year and to prospective mentors needing training for the first time.
- A number of Zoom-based Foundations of Group Life trainings are being scheduled for May and June. These will be appropriate for current mentors as well as for new mentors with groups beginning in the Fall.
- Registration for these Zoom events will be open to all on a first-come, first-served basis. In the event of a waitlist, preference will be given to new mentors who need a first training.
- If these Zoom trainings fill up we will consider scheduling more in July and (possibly) August.
- Specific information about how to register for the Zoom training events will be forthcoming in the next week.
We encourage you to watch for the announcement that registration is open and sign up for a Zoom training if you can. If needed, additional Zoom trainings will be added to accomodate the demand as best we can. We will extend generous extension of accreditation (including the continuing of honoraria payments) to those for whom this online option is not possible. We also will consider increasing the number of in-person training opportunities at Sewanee and in the dioceses later in the year, when that becomes possible again, so that mentors can renew their accreditation in a timely fashion.
It is important to remember that information about the worldwide response to the pandemic is rapidly changing. This may necessitate other, possibly different, decisions as we go on. As decisions are made we will send information out to the EfM community through email bulletins like this one, the most efficient way for us to communicate quickly with more than 7,000 persons. Coordinators and mentors are encouraged to help pass news along to members of your local groups who may infrequently use their email.