The Supervised Ministry Seminar helps students prepare for ministry through an internship in a setting appropriate for their calling/gifts and through reflection on their ministry. Each week, supervision by an experienced practitioner provides feedback, guidance, nurture, and evaluation, as does the seminar in which students present and process incidents in ministry. In addition, students attend at least 30 hours of workshops related to their ministry. Arrangements for supervised ministry sites/projects, and for weekly reflection with a supervisor, are made during the second semester of the previous year. 9 semester hours
A year-long course meeting once a week providing a formational context in which to process seminary life and discern readiness to participate in Ministry Formation 301. This course will explore the various aspects of Christian ministry with particular attention to pastoral/ congregational ministries. Students will examine social and spiritual shaping of ministerial identity through specific readings, small group work, theological reflection, and ministry site visits/interviews.
Participants will engage in critical and constructive reflection concurrent with their field education placement. In the large group, a variety of ministry topics will be considered. In smaller groups, students will work with case studies and the ministry resources of their faith journeys. Group interaction and leadership are important components pf the learning process. A total of 6 semester hours of credit will be granted at the completion of the year long course.