In addition to Field Experience credits, two additional credits may be earned through supervised practical ministry experience, such as teaching release time school, doing jail ministry, or carrying out a special summer ministry opportunity. Arrangements for earning such credits must be made with the Seminary Dean’s office.
Category Archives: Practical Theology (PT)
This course will give the students defined and intentional ‘hands on’ ministry experience in supervised situations outside of the classroom. These experiences will also provide opportunities for reflection and growth in ministry skills.
PT 965 uses a process model of learning which enables students to develop ministry skills through individual and group interviews, teaching seminars and clinical case presentations. The course includes supervised clinical practice of ministry, an individual contract for learning which the student and instructor develop together, group processing of ministry experiences including feedback from one’s peers, and evaluation by the supervisor and the instructor.
This course is designed to help the student come to understand and love the local congregation even though it is imperfect.
Using the attributes of the Church as a guide and systems theory as a tool the student learns how to examine the multi-faceted elements of a congregation including its identity, context and boundaries and to comprehend why a church is greater than the sum of its parts. Graduating seniors begin to research the places they will be serving in preparation for transition to their new ministries.