Fall 2011-Summer 2012
Pasadena and Regional Campuses
FE500: MINISTRY AND LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM. Gwen Ingram.
DESCRIPTION: This course (offered pass/fail for 4 units) is designed to provide
practical experience for students who are taking the MA in Theology and
Ministry (MATM) or the MA in Christian Leadership (MACL). Students will focus
on reflecting theologically on their ministry, gaining an understanding of the
cultural context of the ministry, growing in personal faith, and gaining
expertise in the design, implementation, and assessment of a project in their
SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: This course offers students the opportunity
to engage in ministry in particular contexts and to learn the art of reflection
that will be crucial to any ministry.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students will (1) grow in their ability to engage in
theological reflection by having regular opportunities to think critically
about their ministry in light of the broader Christian tradition;
(2) deepen their understanding of the cultural context of ministry by
immersing themselves in a specific context and regularly reflecting with their
supervisor on the connection between that context and the chosen ministry
project; (3) develop toward becoming spiritually mature and accountable
practitioners by reflecting with their peers in a theological reflection group
and with their supervisor in their practicum on the connection between their
faith and their ministry; (4) become better Christian leaders by having
the opportunity to develop, implement, and assess the chosen ministry
COURSE FORMAT: The course has three primary components: practical ministry,
supervision, and theological reflection. The student will spend 120 hours
participating in those three components. The student spends at least 10 hours
each week for ten weeks in the ministry responsibilities of the specific
project agreed upon by the supervisor and student, and approved by the Field
Education and Ministry Formation (FEMF) Office. One hour each week is to be
spent with the approved on-site supervisor. The agenda should address (a)
oversight and evaluation of the student's ministry; (b) theological
reflection and discussion of topics related to ministry as identified by the
student and supervisor; (c) mentoring, support, spiritual formation, and
prayer. The student will have opportunities for spiritual formation through
practice of individual spiritual disciplines and will participate in communally
shared spiritual practice forums offered throughout the course. The student
will participate in a theological reflection group for a total of ten hours
during the quarter, with peers and a group facilitator.
ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT:
- Participation in a Field Education Orientation, "Introduction to
Theological Reflection," during the first week of the quarter and a response
uploaded on Moodle.
- Completion of a Learning Agreement by the supervi sor and the student to be
uploaded on Moodle by the end of the first week of the quarter. The Learning
Agreement will include the details of the student project.
- Participation in a theological reflection group for a total of 10 hours
during the quarter, including completion of a written case study to be uploaded
on Moodle by the end of the fourth week of the quarter.
- Participation in spiritual practice forums.
- Meeting during the fourth week of the quarter with a Field Education
Advisor for a progress report on the practicum.
- Completion of the student project and the final evaluations by the
supervisor and student to be uploaded on Moodle by the end of the tenth week of
- Evaluation is based on completion of the terms of the practicum as
specified in the individual Learning Agreement and on-time, satisfactory
completion of assignments and evaluations.
PREREGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS: Before the student may register for this
course, several steps must be completed, a process that will take up to two
quarters since the student is responsible to (1) make arrangements for a
practicum site and (2) plan and receive approval from the FEMF Office for a
ten-week project to be completed during the practicum. The first step in the
process is to contact the FEMF Office two quarters before the practicum is to
begin for an appointment with a Field Education Advisor. After the student has
completed the enrollment process and received approval for the practicum from
the FEMF Office, the student and his/her academic advisor will receive a Course
Approval Notification. The student must then contact the Advising Office to
receive a Course Reference Number (CRN) in order to register online for
PREREQUISITES: Completion of 24 units before registering for this course.
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets the practicum requirement for the MA in
Theology and Ministry (MATM) and the MA in Christian Leadership (MACL). It is
an elective for the MA in Theology (MAT). This practicum is offered pass/fail
for four units.
This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. (August 2011)