Equipping for Ministry

Woodbrooke’s two-year Equipping for Ministry (EfM) programme is designed to give you a solid grounding in thinking about what it is to be a Quaker in the world today, and how you are personally called to live out that ministry. The course is designed to benefit both you and your meeting. As part of a religious group without a separated priesthood, it is important that we are all properly prepared to play our part in the life of our Quaker meetings and as Friends in the wider world.

About Equipping for Ministry (EfM)

Equipping for Ministry (EfM) is a flexible two-year part-time programme structured around a combination of time at Woodbrooke, online learning and projects for personal study and reflection.

The programme starts with an introductory weekend, and includes a week-long residential in each of the two years of EfM. The residential weeks are very intensive and have dedicated programmes of group study, combined with times for retreat; individual study; meetings with tutors; creative work and worship.

In addition, you create your own programme of study from our wide range of courses. To mark the end of the two years there is a completion weekend.

When you enroll on EfM you will be assigned a personal tutor who will meet with you regularly. They will guide you in designing your course of studies, and act as a mentor and witness to what you are discovering through the two years.

Between visits to the Woodbrooke Centre, you will undertake project work for study and reflection back home and join the online elements of the course.


Due to the current circumstances, we are not accepting new EfM starters for 2021.

For more information about Equipping for Ministry programme please email learning@woodbrooke.org.uk

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