Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program designed to create a theologically literate laity. As Baptized Believers, we are called to live and serve Christ. EfM is a space where we can discover more clearly what that means, and how to live into that reality.
The entire EfM program takes four years to complete, but participants in EfM commit to a single year at a time. Year 1 covers the Old Testament, Year 2 covers the New Testament, Year 3 covers Church History, and Year 4 provides an overview of modern theology. There are significant scripture readings for the first two years, and participants use many of the same textbooks as would be found in a seminary education. The material can often be quite dense. Students report anywhere from 3 to 5 hours of reading in conjunction with our weekly meetings.
The 2018-2019 group at St. Michael's meets on Tuesday nights of the academic year from approximately 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. For more information please contact James W. Smith at (405) 833-3901 or Donna Young at (405) 637-6371.
Lectio Divina (Holy Reading) is an ancient and venerable way of encountering the Bible in its depth, and as a word of hope for our own times. Bishop Wallis Ohl leads this group on Wednesday nights in the St. Michael's Library, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. No previous experience is required, only a desire to encounter God and a willingness to listen "with the ear of the heart."
Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King is an Order for women in the Episcopal Church with Chapters in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and in the Evangelical Lutheran Churches in America. Daughters are dedicated to prayer and service For Christ's Sake.
Daughters of the King is a vowed group of women who are pledged to service, evangelism and daily prayer. The Chapter of DOK at St. Michael's is named the Hannah Chapter, after the mother of the prophet Samuel in the Old Testament. We are Christian women, both lay and ordained, who are strengthened through the discipline of a Rule of Life, and supported through the companionship of our sisters. Any baptized woman of at least 21 years of age in the Episcopal Church, the Lutheran Church (ELCA), or the Catholic Church may, after an application, approval of her rector/priest, and a period of study, reflection and discernment, take vows to uphold the two Rules of the Order, the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service.
Rule of Prayer
For the unity of Christ's church
For the spread of Christ's Kingdom, especially among women and girls
For God's blessing upon the members of the Order
For the spiritual growth of the parish and for the clergy of the parish to which the chapter owes allegiance
Rule of Service
To be Christ’s faithful servant in the extension of His Kingdom.
To regularly take part in the worship, study and work of the Church.
To render at all times aid to the clergy as deemed necessary for the spiritual up-building of the parish