Field-based Experience (6 Credits)
The field-based study experience is an integral part of the total degree that is designed to develop greater competence in ministry. In consultation with their faculty mentor, students will select among the first two options below to fulfill the 6 credits of program requirements.
1. Ministry Internships or Mentorships
Students are provided an opportunity to gain practical ministry knowledge by serving in an approved church, church organization, non-profit organization, governmental organization, school, or under the mentorship of a Christian leader. Students invest a total of 120 documented hours, per 3-credit internship course, in observation and activities under the mentoring of a qualified organizational leader. Internship sites and supervisors must be approved in advance by the student’s faculty mentor. Mentorships are offered to students already serving in a paid ministry position. Details of the mentorship will be developed with the assistance of the student’s faculty mentor. Ministry Internships or Mentorships are charged tuition at the same rate as other 3 credit courses.
MIN 590 - Ministry Internship
MIN 591 - Ministry Internship
2. Ministry Research
The Ministry Research Project, experienced through two 3-credit courses, is intended to give the student an opportunity to demonstrate the acquisition of improved research and writing skills, greater insight, and growth in competence for ministry through a major written ministry project. The project’s design is to evaluate an existing ministry by assessing effectiveness for mission/vision. Students learn an effective assessment tool applicable for any ministry setting.
MIN 598 - Ministry Research Design
MIN 599 - Ministry Research Project
3. Academic Option
With the permission of both the faculty Faculty Mentor and a Chair of the appropriate Seminary Department, students may be allowed to take elective courses in their program or an independent study appropriate to their ministry goals. Students must make a formal written proposal in order to exercise this option.