Theological Field Education is more than the application of theology in the practice of ministry, or the acquisition and development of pastoral skills. It is, in itself, a locus of pastoral theology. Field Education provides for the ongoing relationship between theory and practice. It is an experience of learning where the student gains ministerial self-understanding and confidence as a pastoral theologian.
The student is expected to participate in a variety of pastoral experiences and engage in theological reflection. The theological reflection process and methodology will lead the student to deepen understanding of self and practice of pastoral care while integrating theological studies. Field Education not only promotes the development of the student as pastoral leader but also provides a genuine service to the Church and society as the student responds to the real needs of people in a ministerial setting. Students in the MDiv program register in the Orientation to Supervised Ministry class.
This class is an instruction to the practice of pastoral care and theological reflection. The first semester students attend classes in preparation for ministry placement and theological reflection in the second semester. The Director of Pastoral Formation at Assumption Seminary works with the TFE Director to coordinate their seminarians’ placements. The specific number of semester hours is listed under the degree program and requirements are described in the course syllabus. The year-long placements for second and third year students require 150 clock hours in the actual practice of ministry, individual supervision in the placement, and participation in peer theological reflection sessions with other students, supervisors and a faculty member who serves as a theological consultant.
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