Adult Formation

Discipleship Small Groups

The Office for Discipleship offers a series of book studies and small groups to enrich the spiritual journey of people across the Diocese. Examples of small group topics include:

  • Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: The Biblical Meaning, Encoded Language, and Musicology of African American Spirituals in Early America.
  • BraveSpace Reading Group: An Anti-Racism and Spiritual Formation Book Group.
  • Spiritual Practices and Reflection Group: Reflect on and incorporate spiritual practices into your life through prayer, humility, Scripture meditation, and reconciliation.

Information about current discipleship small groups can be found on the discipleship events calendar.

Education for Ministry

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program of theological education created by Sewanee’s School of Theology. Through individual and group study, worship, and the process of theological reflection, participants in an EfM community move toward a greater understanding of the fullness of God’s kingdom and discover opportunities for responding to their own call to ministry. View the list of active EfM groups in the Diocese of Virginia.

For more information about EfM in our Diocese, please contact EfM coordinator Jane Dowrick at

Episcopal Church Women

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of the Diocese of Virginia, with the grace of the Holy Spirit, share the love of God by making Christ known in the world through prayer, education, concern for others, and joyful service. The ministries of the ECW are wide and varied. The ECW works to support outreach, prayer, and social justice ministries across the globe and in our own backyards. Learn more about the ECW of the Diocese of Virginia.

Brotherhood of St. Andrew

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew is a men’s ministry with the mission to bring men and boys to Christ, inspiring, empowering, and equipping them to fulfill the Great Commission. Members are required to accept and observe the Brotherhood disciplines of prayer, study, and service.  Brotherhood chapters usually meet once or twice per month in Episcopal churches. Learn more.