Our Programs

Education for Ministry (EfM)

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.

For more information, visit efm.sewanee.edu.


SUMMA Theological Debate Society is a program for high school students which teaches the discipline of theological debate through attendance at summer camp on the domain of The University of the South. This uniquely meaningful experience includes debate tournament, studies of the Christian theological tradition, classes in public speaking and debate, and cutting-edge engagement with topics such as religion and science, social ethics, and interfaith relations.

SUMMA began as a pilot project in 2012 with students from Arkansas and Mississippi and is now an ongoing program of the Beecken Center. SUMMA welcomes student debaters from around the south, across the country, and throughout the world!

For more information, visit summa.sewanee.edu.

Invite Welcome Connect

Invite Welcome Connect (IWC) is a transformational ministry that equips and empowers congregations and individuals to cultivate intentional practices of evangelism, hospitality, and connectedness rooted in the gospel imperative to, “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Designed to accommodate congregations of all sizes, the work has been integrated into 40 dioceses in The Episcopal Church, seminaries, colleges, and other parts of the Anglican Communion.¬†Created by Mary Parmer and developed through the Episcopal Diocese of Texas Newcomer Ministry Project, IWC now calls Sewanee home!

For more information, visit the Invite Welcome Connect website.